Four teens charged in early morning armed robbery

TAMPA — Four armed robbery suspects were arrested about 30 minutes after the crime Wednesday morning, when they drove by a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy interviewing one of the victims.

The victim recognized the suspects' black Chevrolet Impala, which had a red blinking light in the dashboard.

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, two 19-year-olds were sitting in a parked car at 9328 Crandon Lane when four young men confronted them. Deputies said one had his face covered with a bandana and was carrying a sawed-off shotgun. At least two others had handguns. They took a purse from the woman in the car and sped off in an Impala.

Deputies said the victims tried to follow the men but lost sight of them near the Timberlane subdivision in western Hillsborough. Deputies met the victims at Paces Ferry Road and Attenbury Drive.

When deputies were talking to the victims around 3:30 a.m., a four-door Impala that matched the description drove past. The victims recognized it because of a small, blinking red light on the dashboard. Deputies pointed their weapons at the car, and the driver stopped.

Deputies arrested 17-year-old Timothy Jorden Adams-Beman, who was driving the Impala, which belongs to his mother, Robert Joseph Balark, 18, Bryan Mayo, 19, and Robert Kitchens, 18. They were charged with armed robbery, and deputies said additional charges are expected. Deputies said they would be booked into the Hillsborough County Jail later Wednesday.

The stolen purse was found in a garbage can at a nearby house.

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Four teens charged in early morning armed robbery 07/22/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:59pm]

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