LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - Officers arrested a suspect after two teens and two others were robbed in separate incidents on Tuesday morning in east Las Vegas, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.
Police arrested Anthony Carter, 19, for three counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and three counts of conspiracy to commit a robbery.
Police spotted Carter's vehicle on Sahara Avenue near Nellis Boulevard. The vehicle had stolen property inside, police said. A second suspect was not caught as of Wednesday night.
Police said the first report came in at 6:37 a.m. Two teens were walking in the 3900 block of Alameda Avenue, near Desert Pines High School, when they heard a man's voice and turned around.
The suspect was pointing a gun at the teens. He took a few items from the teen's pockets before jumping into the passenger seat of an older model black Nissan sedan with tinted windows and no license plates, police said.
Minutes later, officers responded to a second report of a robbery at 6:52 a.m. in the area of Pecos Road and Owens Avenue. The victim was walking on the sidewalk when a sedan cut in front of him, police said.
A man exited the vehicle and pointed a gun at the victim. He demanded the victim's belongings and took additional items from the victim's pocket.
Police received a third robbery call at 9:58 a.m. near Bracken Avenue and 17 Street. The victim gave police the same suspect and vehicle description as the two previous incidents, police said.
Several neighbors said they didn’t want to be identified, but wanted to send a message to the children who walk in their community.
“I’ve never heard nothing like this before,” one neighbor said. “I’m shocked, especially three times in one day? That’s horrible.”
“Try to stay in groups,” said another neighbor. “Don’t have your phone or tablet in your hand, try to keep your tablets away so they don’t make you an easy target.”
It’s been an overall traumatic situation, according to people who live in the surrounding neighborhoods, and one of the victims.
Dylan Schwindt said he was walking to work near 17th and Bracken when a man opened his car door in front of him. That’s when he said a man put a gun to his chest and demanded his wallet, cell phone and ear buds.
“I walked home today,” Schwindt said. “But every time I saw a car drive by, it was constant panic.”
Police described the suspects as as two males between the ages of 17 and 19, thin build and black hair. One suspect wore a dark jacket, red shirt and black pants. The second suspect wore a dark blue shirt and red pants.
Anyone with information leading to the arrest of the suspects is urged to call the LVMPD Northeast Patrol Detectives at 702-828-7355. Call Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 702-385-5555.