Arrest made in connection with series of violent robberies in Tempe and Phoenix

TEMPE, AZ - Tempe police detectives arrested at least one person in connection with a series of violent robberies at Valley fast food restaurants.

According to Maricopa County Jail information, 40-year-old Tony Antwajue Tucker faces 14 different felony charges.

Tempe police officials would not provide details of the arrest or if others were taken into custody, however, they did confirm that Tucker is involved in the large investigation into the robberies at McDonalds and Subway restaurants in Tempe and Phoenix.

Detectives from the two agencies have been working on the series of crimes since September.

Investigators have been searching for three armed men seen in surveillance video entering the fast food restaurants just as the eateries were opening or closing for the day. One video shows a suspect shooting his gun into the ceiling then chasing a customer and cashier into the back of the restaurant.

The trio is believed to be responsible for as many as seven different robberies in Tempe and Phoenix.

In each case, the suspects were reportedly seen driving away in a white, mid to late 1990s van.

Silent Witness is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the crime spree, but it's unknown at this point what led detectives to Tucker or how many people have been arrested in connection with the crimes.

The Tempe Police Department and Phoenix Police Department are expected to release more details on the investigation as early as Monday.

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