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Police catch alleged armed robber

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 02, 2013

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One of the men who allegedly held up a man and stole his Kia truck was caught by police after he crashed the stolen vehicle during a chase yesterday morning, police said.

According to Superintendent Stephen Dean, the victim was in his truck in the Stapeldon area around 1 a.m. when several armed men approached him and ordered him out of the vehicle.

"The police were immediately notified and responding officers spotted the stolen vehicle in the Yellow Elder Gardens area," Dean said.

Dean said when the culprits saw the police, they sped off.

Dean said the vehicle eventually crashed into bushes in Yellow Elder, at which time the suspects all fled on foot.

Police pursued them and caught one of the men.

Dean said the 26-year-old suspect was in police custody and could be charged soon.

Meantime, police were looking for the other suspects.

Dean said police are not sure how many men exited the vehicle, adding that the victim was also not sure how many men approached him.

Dean asked anyone with information regarding the matter to contact police emergency at 919, or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS.

Police also arrested three teens on Monday after officers saw one of them discard a bag that contained a handgun, Dean said.

According to police, an 18-year-old and two 17-year-old males were arrested.

Dean said officers from the South Central Division were on patrol in the area of Dennis Court when they observed the teens "acting suspiciously".

He said the teens fled upon seeing the police and officers chased them.

During the chase, one of the teens dropped the backpack, Dean said.

In addition to the handgun, officers also discovered ammunition in the bag, he said.

Police caught the teens shortly after the chase began.

So far, this year police have confiscated 250 firearms and 5,245 rounds of ammunition.

Dean said the teens could be charged with illegal gun possession later this week.

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