Police: Four teens arrested in rash of Charlotte armed robberies

- UPDATE (2:48 p.m. 6/15/2016): Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested and charged a fourth teen for his involvement in a series of armed robberies.

Evidence led investigators to 17-year-old John Craig. 

Craig has been charged with seven counts of Armed Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and seven counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.  

Additional charges may be forthcoming.  

Anyone with information concerning these cases or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  
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ORIGINAL STORY

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged two 15-year-old juveniles and a 13-year old for their involvement in a series of armed robberies.

Officers said the robberies all occurred on Monday, June 13.

The first incident happened on Monday, June 13 at approximately 12:15 a.m. A person was walking his dog in the 1900 block of Camp Green Street when a silver 4-door vehicle occupied by three people pulled up beside of him. 

The suspects proceeded to rob the person at gunpoint and fled in the vehicle.  

A short time later, at approximately 1:31 a.m., three people approached a person at a bus stop. The suspects proceeded to assault the victim by striking him in the head with a gun and robbing him.  The suspects then fled by vehicle.  

At 2:23 a.m., a person was in a disabled vehicle on the outer loop of I-485 when she was approached by three suspects. The suspects proceeded to rob her at gunpoint and fled in a vehicle.  

At 5:09 a.m., two victims were walking down the roadway in the 100 block of S. Linwood Avenue when a vehicle stopped beside of them. A passenger from the vehicle got out and robbed them of their property at gunpoint. The suspects then fled the scene by vehicle.  

At approximately 5:12 a.m., a person reported that he was walking to a bus stop in the 4200 block of Brookshire Boulevard when a vehicle drove passed him and a suspect began threatening him.  The person fled to a wooded area and hid in the woods.  The victim was then located and assaulted by one of the suspects.  

At approximately 5:31 a.m., two people were waiting at a bus stop in the 4000 block of Tuckaseegee Road when they were approached by two suspects, who demanded their property at gunpoint.  One of the victims began to struggle for the gun and then fled from the suspects on foot.  

Police said at approximately 5:33 a.m., a person reported that she had been outside waiting for a friend at her apartment complex located in the 8600 block of Nations Ford Road when she was approached by three suspects. The suspects brandished firearms and demanded property from the victim and pushing her to the ground. 

The suspects obtained the victim’s property and fled the scene.  

According to CMPD, information gathered during the course of the investigation led detectives in determining that the suspect description was similar in each case, as well as the vehicle description. 

Detectives determined that the vehicle used in the robberies had been stolen on June 12, 2016 from a home in the 5100 block of Chestnut knoll Lane and shared this information to other officers.

During the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 14, police located a vehicle matching the stolen vehicle description. The vehicle pulled into a parking lot when officers attempted to turn around to follow it. 

As officers caught up to the vehicle, a person was seen fleeing from the vehicle.  The K-9 Unit responded to the scene to assist with a search. 

A short time later the K-9 Unit located two people in a nearby wooded area hiding from officers. The suspects were detained and transported to police headquarters where they were interviewed by detectives. 

Police said evidence of the robberies was located inside of the stolen vehicle.

At the conclusion of the interviews, both juvenile suspects were charged with seven counts of Armed Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and seven counts of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and transported to the Cabarrus Regional Juvenile Detention Center. 

Additional charges may be forthcoming.  

Anyone with information concerning these cases or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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