Police have arrested five robbery suspects in the area of 55th and Southern avenues, including three 15-years olds after they were linked to seven armed robberies committed within one hour.
Court juvenile records show that the three 15-years-olds were part of a group traveling in the Laveen area in a stolen white Ford truck as they robbed multiple people at gunpoint with a .38 caliber handgun.
Police report that one victim was allegedly struck with a baseball bat during the robberies. The teens robbed people of wallets, cash and cell phones.
The teens started their crime spree about 7 a.m. on July 19. They were located and arrested about 8:30 a.m.
The teens also reportedly confronted a woman around 4 a.m. in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box near 67th avenue and McDowell road. They reportedly asked her “what she had while she was there." The woman fled the area before anything was taken from her.
All witnesses described the same teens and the same white Ford truck.
ABC15 video showed one suspect, who was wearing dark shorts and no shirt, in a backyard of a Laveen home taken away by police. A second individual was also seen taken into custody; that individual was wearing a dark shirt and jeans. A third subject, wearing red shorts and no shirt, was also taken into custody but taken away in an ambulance after he was bitten by a police canine. The white Ford truck, with three doors open, was also spotted in the area surrounded by police.
Police say weapons were tossed out from the suspect vehicle but later found by officers.
The teens have been charged in juvenile court with attempted armed robbery, seven counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault.