Teens charged in connection with spree of armed robberies

A group of armed robbers striking up to a dozen times within about two weeks.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have charged four teenagers in connection with a string of robberies across Charlotte. 

On Wednesday, police said the suspects were targeting Latino communities around the city. The latest case involved a woman robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday morning. Investigators said the suspects drove around several locations looking for what they considered to be "easy targets." 

“Many of them committed by what appears to be Hispanic males,” said Sergeant Brian Scharf with CMPD.

The crimes happened during late night hours or early morning. On Monday, one of the victims was shot during the robbery.

On Thursday, CMPD officers noticed a vehicle matching the suspect description given at one of the robberies. The vehicle was occupied by three males that fit the description provided. Officers said they saw marijuana inside the vehicle during a traffic stop and all three people were arrested. 

Pedro Antonio Rivera-Chinchilla, 18, was charged with four counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, attempted murder and attempted armed robbery. Police also charged 19-year-old Christian Jose Salmeron with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Joshua Omar Salvado Jil, 19, was charged with three counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. 

Detectives also arrested a 15-year-old juvenile in connection with the robberies. The juvenile, who police have not identified, was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. 

Detectives said the investigation is ongoing and more armed robbery cases may be linked to these suspects. Additional charges are expected, police said. 

Police say if you have any information about the suspects, call Crime stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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