Three arrested after robbery spree, chase
UPDATE: Police identify suspects as teenagers
Police arrested the suspects in three armed robberies after a pursuit Sunday morning.
No one was injured in any of the robberies or during the pursuit.
Patrick Dynell Jenkins, 18, is lodged in the Multnomah County Jail and charged with three counts of Robbery in the First Degree and three counts of Robbery in the Second Degree.
Augugua Ukpabi, 16, and Tommy Lee Waters, 15, are lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on the same Measure 11 charges.
According to police, at 7:20 a.m. on Jan. 18, North Precinct officers responded to Northeast 19th Avenue and Killingsworth Street on the report of an armed robbery. The victim said that he was robbed at gunpoint by three African American males who left the scene in a black 1990s Ford Crown Victoria.
Then at 8:09 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Southeast 135th Avenue and Division Street. The victim who told police that he was robbed at gunpoint by two African American males who left the area in a dark blue Ford Crown Victoria.
While officers were checking the surrounding neighborhood for the suspects, a third armed robbery was reported at Southeast 139th Avenue and Mill Street.
When officers responded, they spotted the suspect vehicle, a black 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, driving eastbound on Southeast Main Street from 162nd Avenue. The vehicle attempted to elude police, but an East Precinct sergeant used a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to spin it out. The driver regained control, however, and the pursuit continued until a Gresham Police officer was able to deploy Spike Strips to deflate the vehicle's tires and the car stopped on Southeast Powell Boulevard and Northwest Wallula Avenue.
Three suspects were taken into custody. Additional investigation by police led to the discovery of two handguns.
Robbery detectives are continuing to investigate and suspect names and charges will be released after they are booked into jail.