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Assistant DA says iPad app helped police find robbery suspects

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:00 PM March 20, 2017

Last updated at 5:19 p.m. on Monday, March 20

Two men and a teenager have been indicted by an Anchorage grand jury on charges stemming from multiple armed robberies which took place in January and February.

Detallion Owens, 20, and King Soloman Dunlop, 16, have been arrested and charged with 14 felony counts, including robbery, assault and vehicle theft, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. Dunlop is being charged as a adult.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a third suspect, 21-year-old Delander Owens, Jr. (pictured below). He’s charged with four felony counts, including one count of first-degree robbery.

Delander Owens, Jr. (Courtesy of Anchorage Police)

Here’s a timeline of events, according to prosecutors:

  • Jan. 27 – Detallion Owens, Delander Owens and Dunlop robbed the residents of an apartment on Karluk Street at gunpoint.
  • Feb. 5 – A car belonging to a pizza delivery driver was stolen. It was discovered a few days later. A gun had been stolen from the car.
  • Feb. 19 – Detallion Owens and Dunlop robbed a 19-year-old University of Alaska Anchorage student at gunpoint in his mother’s home, then stole his vehicle.
  • Feb. 20 – The student’s vehicle was found, crashed. Two people were seen leaving the vehicle.
  • Feb. 20 – Later that day, a man was robbed at gunpoint after leaving his workplace on Debarr Road. The two men who robbed him — one of whom was identified as Dunlop — were arrested a short time later. The gun stolen from the pizza delivery driver’s car was in their possession.

According to assistant Anchorage district attorney Kevin Bergt, investigators believe only the first location was targeted.

“One of the residents that were in the house at the time of the robbery were actually able to identify the three men based on prior contact with them, but other than that, these other locations appear to be randomly selected or just crimes of opportunity,” he explained.

Bergt said the men’s arrests was the result of the investigation into the most recent crime and the assistance of the victim.

“Unbeknownst to them at the time, there was actually an iPad in the back seat and [the victim] was actually able to go inside, call the police and then guide police to his car using the ‘find my iPad’ application,” Bergt said. “So literally there was an active GPS tracking device in the car.”  

Both Owens and Dunlop are being held on $10,000 bail with a required third-party custodian. The men face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

If you have information about the location of Delander Owens, police ask that you call 907-786-8900.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates. 

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