A total of 12 people have been arrested in connection with two separate strings of robberies in Colorado Springs this month, according to police.
Police said both robbery patterns started April 6, but the two groups were operating independently of each other.
The first pattern included several robberies that happened between April 6 and 9. The suspects, who were armed with handguns or other weapons, approached the victims on the street or in convenience stores, and demanded their property, according to police. The pattern included the following robberies:
- A personal robbery April 6 on Ridenour Drive
- A robbery April 6 at the 7-Eleven at Academy Boulevard and Palmer Park Boulevard
- A robbery April 6 at the 7-Eleven at Astrozon Boulevard and Jet Wing Drive
- A robbery April 6 at the Kum & Go at Airport Road and Circle Drive
- An attempted carjacking April 7 at the Loaf ‘N Jug at Hancock Expressway and Milton Proby Parkway
- A carjacking April 7 in the area of Academy Boulevard and Vickers Drive
- A carjacking April 9 on Nordic Drive
Charles Jackson Jr., 18, was arrested in connection with the robberies, along with three teen boys and a teen girl.
The second pattern included a total of nine robberies that happened from April 6 to April 18. The suspects drove stolen cars to rob convenience stores and people, according to police. The pattern included the following robberies:
- A robbery April 6 at the Kwik Way at Hancock Expressway and Jet Wing Drive
- A robbery April 6 at the Diamond Shamrock at Galley Road and Wooten Road
- A robbery April 14 at the Diamond Shamrock at Galley Road and Wooten Road
- A home invasion April 14 on Westmoreland Road
- A robbery April 14 at the 7-Eleven at Dublin Boulevard and Tutt Boulevard
- A personal robbery April 15 in the area of Powers Boulevard and Omaha Boulevard
- A home invasion April 15 on Half Moon Drive
- A robbery April 17 at the 7-Eleven at Barnes Road and Marksheffel Road
- A personal robbery April 18 at First & Main Town Center
Jamire Flores and Jessica Martin, both 18, were arrested in connection with these robberies. Four teen girls and a teen boy were also arrested.
Police are still looking for the victim of the attempted carjacking at the Loaf ‘N Jug at Hancock Expressway and Milton Proby Parkway on April 7. Police said a woman was seen coming out of the convenience store, where the suspects approached her. One of them implied he or she was armed, then took the victim’s car keys, according to police. The victim demanded her keys back and displayed her own gun. She then pointed the gun at the suspects, who threw her keys back and sped away in a stolen car, according to police.
Anyone with information about any of these robberies is asked to call police at 719-444-7000.