Robbery suspect arrested

Police have arrested a teenage male who allegedly robbed three Southwest residents at gunpoint in a little over an hour one evening last month.

The 15-year-old was arrested Sept. 29 at Washburn High School following an extensive 11-day investigation coordinated by three city police departments. He’s been charged with one count of aggravated robbery and may face additional charges, said Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson Sgt. William Palmer.

Police said the juvenile used a black semi-automatic handgun to rob two Kingfield residents and one Tangletown resident the night of Sept. 18. He stole cell phones and in one case a pair of headphones from victims, Palmer said.

One victim was slightly hurt when the juvenile allegedly struck him in the face; the others were not injured.

Police have also tied the juvenile to at least three other robberies at gunpoint that occurred over the next five days in south Minneapolis neighborhoods bordering Southwest.

Emily Lowther, a spokesperson with Minneapolis Public Schools, said the district has no information on whether the suspect is a Washburn student. Because he is younger than 18, his name has not been released.

Citywide, robberies are down 16 percent from last year through August (the latest month statistics are available for), according to Minneapolis Police Department statistics, and down 20 percent in the 5th Precinct, which comprises Southwest.