PD: Two teens arrested in 9 aggravated robberies in West Phoenix

PHX PD: Teens arrested in 9 aggravated robberies
Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-18 20:19:27-04

Two teens have been arrested in a string of nine aggravated robberies, mostly in West Phoenix. 

Phoenix police report that from June 6 to 11 they were investigating a series of strong-armed robberies in Phoenix and Glendale. 

The two suspects targeted victims walking through parking lots of grocery stores and other retailers. 

In most cases, the teens would drive by the victims, and one would reach out the car door, grabbing purses in carts or right off women's shoulders. 

In two of the robberies, the women held onto their bags and were dragged by the suspect's vehicle. One woman suffered a dislocated shoulder, while another had bruising so bad, she was unable to walk. 

Police were able to track down the car involved in the robberies to 18-year-old Peoria resident, Elias Ryan Wools Garcia. 

Undercover detectives with Phoenix police located Garcia and his minor accomplice in a parking lot as they were allegedly looking for another victim. 

Garcia and other teen were arrested and have been charged with nine counts of aggravated and attempted aggravated robbery.