Major crash linked to crime spree, 5 teens arrested

- Five teenagers have been arrested for their involvement in a rash of crimes that occurred early Saturday morning in the University City area of Charlotte, police said. 

Amaris Taylor Magee, 16, and Kaleek Singleton, 16, were both charged with resisting/obstructing a law enforcement officer. Three other juvenile suspects face various other charges, but their names cannot be released due to their age.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said it all started when a 2017 White Ford Escape was stolen from a residence on Fairvista Dr. in the Highland Creek Pkwy area of northeast Charlotte. Another vehicle at the same residence was also broken into, as well as several other vehicles in the neighborhood. 

At 8:09 a.m., the Rite Aid at 3716 W. Harris Blvd was robbed by the suspects. They fled the scene in the white Ford Escape. No one was injured in that incident.

At 12:39 p.m., the stolen Ford Escape was located by a tag reader at the intersection of The Plaza & Matheson Ave. Officers were able to locate the vehicle on Sugar Creek Rd and made a U-turn to attempt to catch up to the vehicle. At that time the suspects ran a stop light on Sugar Creek Rd. and The Plaza and collided with another vehicle that had five occupants in the car.

None of those occupants were seriously injured.

The driver of the stolen Ford Escape, a 14-year-old, was trapped inside the stolen car as it caught fire. CMPD officers were able to free the driver from the burning vehicle and arrest him. The other juveniles fled the scene on foot.

K-9 officers along with additional officers set up a perimeter and were able to locate all the suspects shortly afterwards. Police continue to investigate to see if these suspects have been involved in any other crimes.

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