CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department arrested three people in connection to a string of robberies that began in December.
Officers arrested Jeffrey Fabricio Hernandez, 17, Rolando Ishmael Rivera, 17 and a 15-year-old male juvenile for their involvement.
The first armed robbery occurred during the early morning hours on Christmas Day in the 3400 block of Teal Point Drive. The victim told police he was confronted by the suspects as he was exiting his vehicle.
The suspects searched the man's pockets at gunpoint and drove off in a vehicle while shooting. The male victim was hit in the leg and transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.
The second incident happened days later on Dec. 29. This time the suspects targeted the victims along the 11000 block of Featherbrook Road. The suspects pointed weapons, demanding property. Once the teens took the property they fled the scene in a vehicle. No one was hurt.
Police say two more armed robberies occurred in January. The third incident happened on Jan. 18 in the 700 block of Farmhurst Drive. The victim told officers he was sitting in his vehicle when two suspects approached him at gunpoint and took his personal property.
The most recent incident happened on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in the 8500 block of Winter Oaks Lane. The victims told police they had parked their vehicle and were walking to their apartment when they were approached by two armed teens. The suspects fled the scene with stolen property.
During the investigations, a description of the suspect vehicle was sent out. On Jan. 28 officers located a similar vehicle on Archdale Drive and conducted a traffic stop. Police arrested the driver, Jeffrey Fabricio Hernandez,on possession of marijuana.
Further investigation led to detectives identifying Hernandez, Rivera and a 15-year-old male juvenile as being responsible for the armed robberies.
The three face numerous charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Detectives say the suspects are likely responsible for other robberies and additional charges are pending.
Anyone with information concerning these cases or the suspects is asked to call Crime stoppers at (704) 334-1600.