The teens were arrested after an armed robbery just before 7 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of E and 7th streets NE, according to police. The victim of that robbery provided a description of the thieves’ car, which was spotted later by officers.
In a statement released Tuesday, police identified one of the suspects as 18-year-old Nyasar Childs but did not identify the other two suspects because they are both younger than 18. All three were charged with robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle and receiving stolen property.
The robbery on Sunday was committed by four people, according to police. Though Metropolitan Police First District Commander Jeff Brown initially suggested that all suspects had been arrested, a police spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that the police only made three arrests and have no additional information about a fourth suspect.
Police believe the teens are responsible for several other armed robberies in the area last week, according to the statement about the arrests.
Police also arrested an armed robbery suspect on Friday night. A person was robbed at gunpoint by one man on the 900 block of New Jersey Avenue SE about 9:20 p.m., according to police.
A plainclothes detective for the police saw the suspect in the area. The victim of the robbery then tackled the suspect, who was then arrested. The thief had an imitation pistol, according to Brown.
The only other armed robbery reported in the Capitol Hill area over the weekend happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday, according to an alert from DC Alerts. Three men robbed a person on the 100 block of K Street NW, according to the alert. One of the men was armed with a handgun.