After a stunning and brazen three-day spree of robberies at gun point affecting more than a dozen victims across Minneapolis, residents say they are relieved to learn police have a trio of teens in custody.
Police say all the suspects are under the age of 17, and that their three-day robbery spree was thwarted on Sunday evening.
"They were bound to get caught," said Sgt. Bill Palmer. "You can't run around and do this many cases in a short period of time and expect to get away with it."
In total, police connected the trio to at least 13 attempted "armed" robberies with a fake firearm. From late Friday night through the dinner hour on Sunday, the group is suspected of striking from downtown to Uptown, and on both the eastern and western sides of Interstate 35W.
"Scary," said Sibella MacKenzie. "There've been other home robberies in the neighborhood lately too."
One victim who asked to have her identity concealed told FOX 9 News she was fumbling to get her car door open when one of the robbers told her, "This is a robbery. Don't' make it a murder."
The victim explained she had been sitting in her locked car when the teens pushed what appeared to be a handgun right up against her window. Not knowing whether or not the gun was a fake, she decided not to hedge her bets and avoid risking her life over belongings.
Another targeted victim was walking home from work in the Kingfield neighborhood with earbuds in when one of the suspects approached her from behind and tapped her on the shoulder. When she stopped, one of the other robbers pointed the weapon and demanded everything she had -- but she refused to give up anything. Instead, she screamed for help as she approached the Royal Grounds Café and the suspects took off.
That didn't deter them from trying again. Police say they victimized several people, taking cell phones, cash, purses and iPads before they were finally arrested in the Stevens Square neighborhood.
"Glad they got them taken care of," said 13-year resident Chris Johnson. "We don't like to see any of that in the neighborhood."