CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a group of alleged robbers who were targeting Latino victims.
Police charged Pedro Antonio Rivera-Chinchilla, 18, Christian Jose Salmeron, 19, Joshua Omar Salvado-Gil, 19, and a 15-year-old boy for their involvement with multiple violent robberies.
Rivera-Chinchilla, Salmeron and Salvado-Gil were arrested together during a traffic stop Thursday morning. Police said there was marijuana in the car.
The 15-year-old was arrested during a different traffic stop Thursday.
CMPD revealed during their weekly media briefing on Wednesday that the most recent case was reported that morning in southeast Charlotte. A teenager was allegedly robbed by three to four Hispanic people.
That robbery comes just days after a robbery and shooting at an apartment complex on Archdale Drive.
Two suspects robbed Mario Lopez-Miranda and then shot him in the back on Archdale Drive, police said. Lopez-Miranda’s wife told Channel 9 he is expected to recover.
Investigators said the group of robbers wore masks and are linked to a dozen cases where victims were picked out while the suspects were driving around.
Hannah Lynn was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
“I've been crying all day, and right now, if I wasn't fidgeting, I'd be bawling,” Lynn said.
She was arriving at her Sardis Road condo from work at about 1 a.m. when three young men walked up to her, one with a gun.
“I was like this, and he came right here and I just crunched down after he put the gun to my head,” she said. “He kept saying, 'Give me your purse. Give me your purse. Give me your purse.'”
She told police the armed men spoke with accents. Lynn didn't try to resist
“It's scary because all I can picture is the gun right here,” Lynn said. “Always be careful, and always be aware."
“We believe there's commonalities and similarities in about 12 cases, and it's over about a two-week period,” said Sgt. Brian Scharf with CMPD.
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