CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested five teen suspects Friday for their involvement in a string of robberies and leading police on a high speed chase.
The robberies occurred throughout the Charlotte-area Thursday evening. CMPD was first alerted at 5:10 p.m. when they responded to an armed robbery call on the 4100 block of Sudbury Road.
Victims told officers that they were approached by the suspects who demanded money while implying they had a firearm. Then, one of the suspects hit a victim, robbed them and fled. The suspect was able to take pictures of the suspects as they left the scene in a car.
Then, CMPD received a call around 7 p.m. on the 2300 block of Dunlavin Way in reference to shots fired into an apartment. According to a police report, six people were inside the apartment including a three-year-old and a one-year-old.
As CMPD was investigating, they received another call regarding an armed robbery at 7:45 p.m. on the 4500 block of Central Avenue. These victims told police they were in their car when they were approached by the suspects who demanded their phones and money.
Finally, at 9:34 p.m. officers saw the suspect vehicle in a Wendy's drive through on Central Avenue and Eastway Drive.
"We are at Central and Eastway in the Wendy's parking lot," according to CMPD dispatch audio. "We have not loaded up yet until we get blue lights in the lot."
When officers tried to pull the car over, the vehicle led them on a chase which ended when the car crashed at the dead end of Falmouth Road and Enfiled Road.
Officers were able to detain all suspects. John Benitez, 18, Sergio Madrano, 19, Brandon Alexander De La Cerda, 19, Juan Christian Santiago-Flores, 19, and Jerry Aguilar, 18, were all have multiple charges relating to the armed robberies, shots fired, possession of stolen firearms, assault and felony speeding.
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