Two juveniles have been taken into custody after police say they were involved in a series of armed robberies in parts of Maryland and D.C.
The arrests were made after police attempted to pull over the vehicle they were riding in early Friday morning near Buchanan and 14th Streets. When they tried to stop the vehicle, officers say, it sped off striking several parked cars before stopping. Officers arrested the two juvenile passengers as they tried to flee. Officers say the driver was able to escape.
The arrests stem from a series of armed robberies that were reported in Maryland and D.C. that began late Thursday night. D.C. police say a victim reported being robbed at gunpoint by three suspects near Blair Road and New Hampshire Avenue around 11:35 p.m. last night. About an hour later, D.C. police say a second armed robbery was reported nearby on Piney Branch Road. Three suspects were again allegedly involved and officers say one of them struck the victim with a handgun.
Prior to these incidents, D.C. officers say two armed robberies were reported in Hyattsville.
D.C. police say they initiated the traffic stop around 1 a.m. when they spotted a vehicle that matched the description given by witnesses in the previous armed robberies. Police say that the juveniles they arrested were found with handguns in their waistbands. The vehicle they were riding in was also reported stolen on December 13th, police say.
Officers are still searching for the driver of the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099.