Three teens arrested in Mountain View robbery linked to another
TRAUMATIZED: Man robbed at gunpoint on neighborhood street identifies suspects.
By MEGAN HOLLAND
Anchorage Daily News
Published: December 20, 2005
Last Modified: December 20, 2005 at 02:29 AM
A man walking in Mountain View on Monday morning was robbed at gunpoint by a group of teenagers who police say were gang members responsible for another robbery a week ago at a nearby department store.
The robbery victim was carrying his own concealed weapon but chose not to fight off his attackers and handed over his wallet and cell phone, Lt. Paul Honeman said.
Police say the teenagers were also responsible for a robbery at the Gottschalks store at the Northway Mall on Dec. 11.
The three teenagers -- two boys and a girl -- were arrested Monday and charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, third-degree theft and third-degree misconduct involving weapons. Because of their ages, their names were not released.
As of Monday night, charges related to the Gottschalks robbery had not yet been filed, Honeman said.
One or two other people may have been involved in the robberies, police said.
According to police, the teenagers walked up to the victim, who was not identified, near Peterkin Avenue and Schodde Street around 8:30 a.m. One teenager asked him for a cigarette, then, seconds later, another pulled out a gun and demanded his belongings, Sgt. Pablo Paiz said.
The teenagers fled on foot, police said.
Cha Lee, who lives nearby on Peterkin Avenue, heard the victim approach his home, yelling, "Help me! Help me!" When he opened his door, the man was shaking and "looked very scared," Lee said. Honeman said the victim was traumatized.
Hours later, police tracked down the teenagers several blocks away at a condo at 425 Price St. after one made a call on the stolen phone. In the home, police found the victim's wallet and the handgun, Honeman said. Police also discovered photos of the teenagers displaying gang colors and flashing identifiable gang signs, Paiz said.
The man positively identified his attackers, police said.
Monday afternoon, outside the condo unit, a snow-covered baby stroller sat inside the chain-link-fenced yard, near an upside down laundry basket. Nobody answered the door.
Next door, a teenager said she knew her neighbors but would not speak.
"I don't want to get killed," she said.
Two doors down, another young woman would say only: "They need more things for us to do. Get some programs or something." She, too, was scared to say anything about her neighbors.
On Dec. 2, 20-year-old Fiatau Saena was shot and killed when he ran to the aid of his mother during an armed robbery outside her home on Tarwater Avenue, a few blocks away from the robbery Monday. George M. Romero Jr., 18, has been charged with Saena's slaying.
From the balcony where the teenagers were arrested Monday is a clear view of the alcove in the apartment building next door where 24-year-old Christopher Sanchez was shot four times on Dec. 4, He survived. Police do not believe that incident was gang-related.
Police have made combating the nascent gang problem in Anchorage one of their top priorities since several gang-related murders earlier this year.
not really a 'success story' per se, but the guy did survive.