ARMED ROBBERY OF CHECK CASHER
Three men were arrested for armed robbery while masked on Monday night for allegedly holding up the Easy Telecom at 682 Broadway.
Around 5 p.m., a man stopped a police officer to tell about a robbery and assault at the store.
As the officer radioed the incident in, he observed three males running through the parking lot of Welsh Funeral Home that matched the description given by the citizen.
An all out chase then ensued with numerous officers and K-9 units.
One man, who dropped a red bag containing a firearm, was apprehended on Parker Street.
The two others fleet footed it over fences in the 700th block of Broadway. One man was located lying down and hiding on a third floor porch at 746 Broadway.
Police went back to the scene to begin recovering evidence.
On the scene, another citizen approached them and led them to a fenced in yard with bushes. Behind the bushes was a shirtless man hiding. He was taken into custody as well.
The clerk at the store told officers one man walked into the store with the red bag. He bent down and came back up wearing sunglasses and a mask. He began waving a handgun at her and demanded she open the money cage.
A second suspect then came in brandishing a handgun.
As this was going on, a man came in to conduct business. He was accosted by the robbers and hit in the head with the firearm and dragged to the money cage. The clerk opened the cage and the robbers began filling the bag with loot. As they filled the bag, the female clerk was hit in the face and head with the gun repeatedly. She was told she would be killed if she called police. The suspects removed the store phone and put it in the red bad.
Then they fled with approximately $5,000 cash.
Julio Mota, Michael Nogueira and William Rios were all arrested and charged with a variety of offenses, including armed robbery.