MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon police have arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male in connection with multiple recent armed robberies of people buying, selling or trading merchandise on Facebook.
According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD), they responded June 30 and June 2 to reports of armed robberies in the area of 1009 Welkins. On both dates the victim arrived at the residence expecting to make a transaction but was instead robbed at gun point.
During the investigation into the reports, detectives were able to acquire contact information from the “seller” from the two prior armed robberies and set up another transaction with the subject.
Then around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, detectives were conducting surveillance in the area of 1009 Welkins. While doing so they observed a 17-year-old male subject arrive at the residence to conduct the pre-arranged transactions.
As detectives attempted to make contact with him, the 17-year-old began to flee on foot. After a short foot pursuit, detectives were able to take the juvenile into custody.
During a search of his person, detectives located a loaded Glock 27 handgun and item(s) previously reported stolen during one of the previous armed robberies.
The detectives were also able to gain consent to search the residence of the teen and located property believed stolen during the previous armed robberies.
The 17-year-old was processed at the Mt Vernon Police Department on charges of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Possession of Stolen Property and Resisting Arrest.
Charges related to the armed robberies are still under investigation butt due to the age of the arrestee, authorities cannot release his name or photograph.