Thrown pine cones leads to assault, robbery 

click to enlarge Austin Krieger
  • Austin Krieger, Courtesy of San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
  • Pine cones became the catalyst for an alleged assault and robbery last month that has this Moss Beach 18-year-old facing serious charges.

He's graduated from bully to thug, according to prosecutors.

Austin Krieger, 18, of Moss Beach, is accused of brutally beating and robbing two eighth graders who had thrown pine cones at him in Montara last month.

Krieger has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to appear this morning for a preliminary hearing.

The incident reportedly unfolded May 4, when the victims, ages 13 and 14, were playing basketball near to where Krieger and a friend were sitting in a parked car.

"Krieger started calling the victims names, and in response the victims picked up pine cones and threw them in Krieger's direction," San Mateo County Steve Wagstaffe said.

What followed was far beyond an eye for an eye, Wagstaffe said. Krieger and his pal allegedly chased down the younger boys and punched them repeatedly. Krieger went a step further, Wagstaffe said, by choking one of the victims nearly to unconsciousness.

"Krieger then took one of the victim's cellphone and watch and took shoes from the other victim," the district attorney said.

Before leaving, Krieger allegedly warned that "if cops come to my house, you're dead."

The boys contacted the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Deputies found the victim's shoes at Krieger's home, Wagstaffe said.

Krieger remains in custody on $350,000 bail.

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