Five teens arrested following rash of armed robberies in Charlotte

- Five teenagers have been arrested after police said the group terrorized multiple people throughout the Queen City on Thursday, threatening them at gunpoint and stealing their belongings. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said it all started around 5:11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 in the 4100 block of Sudbury Road. Officers were called to the area for reports of an armed robbery. The victims told police they were approached by the group who demanded money and implied they had a firearm. One of the suspects struck one of the victims and fled with their property. 

At 6:59 p.m. officers received a shots fired call in the area of the 2300 block of Dunlavin Way. Officers could not locate anything or anyone on scene.

Then at 7:41 p.m. officers were called to the 2300 block of Eastway Drive for shots fired into a home. Upon arrival, the victims informed police that they heard gunshots in the area and that pieces of their roof were falling inside the apartment. 

At 7:45 p.m., officers were then called to an armed robbery in the 4500 block of Central Avenue. The victims told police they were parking in their vehicle, when the suspect vehicle pulled in behind them and five teenagers got out, approached them with handguns, demanding phones and cash. The suspects then took their belongings and then fled the scene. 

At 9:34 p.m., officers observed the suspect vehicle in the Wendy's drive thru at the intersection of Central Avenue and Eastway Drive. CMPD officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect vehicle refused to stop. A pursuit began. 

CMPD said the suspect vehicle eventually crashed at the dead end of Falmouth Road at Enfield Road. Officers, the K-9 unit, and CMPD's chopper set up a perimeter. All five teenagers were taken into custody without incident. Two firearms were located in their vehicle. 

John Benitez, 18, has been charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, five counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of armed robbery, six counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, assault on a child under 12, and possession of a stolen firearm. 

Sergio Madrano, 19, has been charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, five counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of armed robbery, six counts of conspiract to commit robbery, and possession of a stolen firearm. 

Brandon Alexander De La Cerda, 19, has been charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, five counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of armed robbery, six counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a stolen firearm, felony speed to elude, failure to heed and driving while license revoked. 

Juan Christian Santiago-Flores, 19, has been charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, five counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of armed robbery, six counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, and possession of a stolen firearm. 

Jerry Aguilar, 18, has been charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, five counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of armed robbery, six counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, and possession of a stolen firearm. 

All five teenagers are being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail. 

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