Teens arrested in apartment robbery spree
BY TIM STANLEY World Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
2/24/09 at 3:13 PM
After allegedly committing at least four armed robberies over four hours at three different apartment complexes, five teens were arrested and jailed Monday night by Tulsa police.
Marvin Washington, 18, Joey Handley, 18, and three juvenile males were arrested and booked into Tulsa Jail after police pulled over their car about 9:30 p.m.
During the spree, the teens reportedly robbed five individuals at gunpoint, taking their money and cell phones, police spokesman Jason Willingham said.
Police say the spree began about 5 p.m. Monday. The teens, riding together in a Ford Taurus, allegedly targeted and robbed victims in the parking lots at the Huntington Hollow Apartments, 11087 E. 43rd St.; Cedar Lane Apartments, 6607 E. 19th St.; and Evergreen Apartments, 8338 E. 25th Place.
Washington and Handley were booked on four complaints each of robbery with a firearm/dangerous weapon and one count each of possession of stolen property, jail records show.
Bond for each is set at $201,500; a court appearance is scheduled for March 3.
The victim at Huntington Hollow told responding officers that he had just left his vehicle and was walking to his apartment when he felt someone reach inside his coat pocket.
“The victim turned and observed three black males, one with a gun, and they stated ‘Give us your wallet and phone,’” a police report stated.
Two victims at Cedar Lane said they were working on a car in the parking lot when they were held up and robbed by five black males.
The robbers stole a total of $500 from four victims during the spree, along with cell phones, wallets and a radio face plate, Sgt. Dave Walker said.
Although the victims all reported seeing a gun, police did not recover one, Walker said.
He said the robbers were apparently cruising apartment parking lots looking for easy targets.
A fifth victim, who avoided being robbed, told police he was assaulted by four black males after they jumped out of a Ford Taurus in an apartment lot.
“But he yelled for help and someone looked out of a door and the robbers fled,” Walker said.
Police later sighted the suspects’ car in the 10800 block of East 33rd Place. Officers pulled the car over and made the arrests without incident, police said.