San Diego Police have arrested two men and one juvenile they say are linked to ten armed robberies county-wide and at least three burglaries.
18-year-old Anthony Brewer, 24-year-old Natunza Reed and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested Thursday after investigators served a search warrant at a house in El Cajon.
The arrests are part of an investigation by SDPD’s Mid City division into a series of violent armed street robberies over the past month.
Police say they were tipped off after a citizen called police, reporting a suspicious car driving around the neighborhood. The car's plate matched the partial plates a witness had reported early after a robbery.
"If it hadn't been for this person who said, 'Hey, this just doesn't look right,' they wouldn't have gotten the lead that helped them ultimately identify these suspects and get them into custody," said Lt. Carole Beason with SDPD's Mid City Division.
Investigators working on the case linked several cases in North Park and Adams North and found similar cases occurring in Fashion Valley, the City of La Mesa and Rancho San Diego.
When officials served the warrant, they found a handgun they believed the men used in the attacks. Property belonging to the victims was also seized. It was there they found information on a third suspect and later searched his residence, arrested the juvenile and found a loaded handgun they seized.
Brewer and Reed were charged with multiple counts of robbery, burglary and firearm related charges.
Police are linked the suspects to ten armed robberies and at least three burglaries in Del Cerro, Tierra Santa and Paradise Hills. Police called the suspects brazen, grabbing cell phones and wallets from people walking down the street.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Carole Beason at (619) 516 3040.