2 young men, 3 juveniles arrested in armed robberies
Anchorage police say an 18 and 19-year-old, along with 3 other juveniles were arrested early Sunday morning after reports of armed robberies and a person getting pistol-whipped in the Spenard area.
APD spokesperson MJ Thim said at 1:57 a.m., a caller reported an assault with a weapon near Spenard Road and Wisconsin Street.
"The preliminary investigation found that the victim was walking in the area and had been pistol-whipped in an armed robbery," Thim wrote Sunday afternoon. "The suspects fled the scene in a yellow 2007 Hummer H3. The victim was transported to a local hospital for a head injury."
During that investigation, police learned of two more armed robberies in the area. Callers described the same suspects and yellow Hummer, Thim said. A witness also told police the Hummer's headlight was out.
Thim said 2:45 a.m., an officer spotted the Hummer at the intersection of Minnesota Boulevard and Spenard Road and followed the vehicle until other officers could assist in a traffic stop near International Airport Road.
"Due to the public safety threat the suspects created, officers executed a high-risk traffic stop (surrounded the vehicle and commanded the suspects to exit the vehicle)," Thim wrote.
Three juvenile males along with two adult males who police identified as Joshua Jackson, 18, and Lamont Mathews, 19, were arrested and taken into custody for questioning.
Jackson, who was driving the Hummer, and Mathews face charges including assault in the third-degree and robbery in the first-degree. The juveniles face similar charges.
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