Two youths sought in Detroit armed robberies

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police are seeking the public’s help in locating two teens believed to be behind a string of armed robberies on the city’s west side.

After arranging a meeting online to buy shoes, the pair allegedly robbed three youths at around 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 15700 block of Forrer, investigators said.

One of the suspects “produced a gun, pointed it at the 19-year-old victim who was standing near his vehicle and demanded he hand over the shoes,” police said in a statement.

When the youth refused and tried to drive away, the second teen reached inside the car’s driver side “and attempted to take his cell phone, but was unsuccessful,” the release read. “Suspect one then turned his attention to the 13-year-old victim who was sitting in the rear of the vehicle, pointing the gun in his face while taking miscellaneous property from the 12-year-old victim.”

Both teens then fled south on foot, police said.

Authorities believe they also are connected to three other armed robberies nearby: one reported on Winthrop near Puritan; another on Rutherford near Keeler; and a third in the 15400 block of Winthrop.

The teens “are considered to be armed and dangerous,” city officials said Friday.

One is described as an African-American male, 15-18 years old, 5-foot-8, 120 pounds, with a light complexion and an afro. He was last seen wearing an orange Nike hooded sweatshirt and carrying a handgun.

The other teen is described as African-American, age 15-18, 5-foot-6, 120 pounds, with freckles, a light complexion and short hair. He was last seen wearing gray basketball shorts and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police 8th Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-5840 or (313) 596-5851. Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP.