Four Charlotte teenagers – including a 15 year old – are suspects in a color-coordinated robbery operation that involved black clothes, blacks masks and even a black car, say Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.
As of Tuesday morning, the gang had been connected to at least two east Charlotte armed robberies since Sunday, police said.
The most recent occurred Tuesday at 4600 Perth Court, not far from Devonshire Elementary. A man called 911 and said he had been robbed at gunpoint by four people, all dressed in black and driving a black hatchback, with a red and white license plate hanging off.
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A short time later, a vehicle fitting the description was spotted at a car wash in the 6300 block of North Tryon Street, police said. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the driver fled. After a short pursuit, the vehicle crashed on Old Concord Road and all four occupants were arrested, police said.
A shotgun and fake pistol were found in the vehicle, along with property from the robbery victim, police said.
The suspects were identified as Andreas Miranda, 16, Luis Fernandez, 17, Ashley Ramos, 16, and a 15-year-old male juvenile.
Police said the investigation later tied the four to a second armed robbery on Sept. 17, in the 2500 block of Roseview Lane. That’s one block off Eastway Drive. Police did not give details of the second robbery.
Andreas Miranda was charged with speeding, careless and reckless driving, flee to elude, no operator’s license, running a red light, armed robbery, conspiracy and resisting arrest. Ashley Ramos, Luis Fernandez, and the 15-year-old juvenile were charged with armed robbery, conspiracy and resisting arrest.
Anyone with additional information on the cases or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.