APD: 2 adults, 3 juveniles arrested following 10-minute spree of armed robberies
Anchorage police responded to three separate calls for armed robberies on or near Spenard Road — victims reported the crimes happened within ten minutes of each other Sunday morning.
Five suspects, including three juveniles, were arrested and taken into custody. APD has charged 18-year-old Joshua Jackson, and Lamont Mathews, 19, for their alleged involvement.
Jackson and Mathews face multiple charges including assault and robbery, according to APD. The juveniles could face similar charges.
According to APD, the first call came in at 1:57 in the morning. “The preliminary investigation found that the victim was walking in the area and had been pistol-whipped in an armed robbery,” Anchorage police spokesperson, MJ Thim wrote in a release.
The first victim sustained a head injury, according to Thim.
The suspects reportedly left the scene of the first armed robbery in a yellow 2007 Hummer H3.
Thim wrote the second and third armed robberies happened at 2:00 a.m. and 2:06 a.m, within blocks of each other. In all three incidents, police said the victims were pedestrians in the area.
According to Thim, items were taken from the victims, but specific details could not be released at this time.
Officers located the SUV shortly before 3 am, “due to the public safety threat the suspects created, officers executed a high-risk traffic stop,” Thim said.
Thim explained that’s a procedure when officers surround a vehicle and command the suspects to exit.
In all three armed robberies, Thim said the victims called and reported the crimes to Police.