CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There are new concerns about young people committing crimes after police say two teenagers carjacked a woman.

The 17 and 18-year-old suspects were in court on Thursday, accused of robbery and then leading police to a car chase.

Now, NBC Charlotte is speaking with the victim just a day after it happened.

The victim’s 10-year-old son translated for his mother. He is only about seven or eight years younger than the suspects. NBC Charlotte is looking into how police are responding to young people causing crime.

When asked about the carjacking, Maria made a universal gesture for utter fear.

“I was worried,” says Maria’s son, Oscar.

The 10-year-old translated for the interview with NBC Charlotte how his mother got scrapes on her arm.

“She was pushed to the ground, they got the keys, they stole the car, and they held the gun at her,” says Oscar.

The suspects have less than ten years on Oscar. Police say 17-year-old Alfred Goodley and 18-year-old Harrison Hillman stole Maria’s car at gunpoint. It happened at an apartment on the 1300 block of Sharon Road West.

<p>Harrison Hillman</p>
Alfred Goodley

Now,theCharlotte-MecklenburgPoliceDepartmentisprovidingNBCCharlottewithnumbersaboutyouthcrimefrom2016.Itshowsmorethan1,500crimesincludingassaults,rapes,andevenmurdersinvolvingavictimorsuspectunder16-years-old.

“Sometimestheygetintoasituation,theyfeeltheycan’tgetoutof,”saysLieutenantCelestineRatliffe,withCMPDDiversionatYouthServices.

LieutenantRatliffesayspeerpressureislikelyonefactor.

“Becausethey’vesurroundedthemselveswiththosethataremakingpoorchoices,theymayfeeltheyhavenootherchoice,”saysLieutenantRatliffe.

CMPDalsosaysyouthcrimehighlightstheneedforpositiveactivities.

“Ifkidsareinvolvedinsomethingpositive,theycan’tbeinvolvedinsomethingnegativeatthesametime,ifthey’regoingtosomesummercamp,ifthey’regettinginvolvedinpoliceexplorers,”saysLieutenantRatliffe.

ThehopeisthatthoseactivitieswouldreplacetargetedinnocentvictimslikeMaria.

“She’skindofworriedtogoouttheroad,thestreetsagain,”saysOscar.

Thevictimsaysotherthanthescrapesonherarmandbeingshakenup,she’sdoingOK.