TAMPA — Three teenagers were arrested Sunday night in connection with three robberies in restaurant parking lots earlier that evening.
Errol Ronald Haines, 17, and Alexander Michael Jentsch and Jason Michael Park, both 18, were found at the Chili's Grill and Bar on Citrus Park Drive, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Deputies spotted the 2005 black Saturn Vue that had been described by witnesses at the three robbery locations.
The first robbery happened about 10 p.m. at the parking lot of Kobe Japanese Steak House, at 14401 N Dale Mabry Highway. Deputies said a 16-year-old boy had just finished dinner and was sitting in his car, talking with friends in a car next to him, when two suspects approached and pointed a pistol at him. They took his wallet, cell phone and iPod and left in a black SUV, deputies said.
About 20 minutes later, a 20-year-old woman was waiting in her car for a friend outside Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, at 15090 N Dale Mabry Highway, when a male approached her vehicle, asking for directions. He stuck a pistol in her abdomen and demanded her purse. Deputies said the woman said "no," and the suspect left in a black SUV.
Twenty minutes after that, at about 10:40 p.m., another 20-year-old woman was sitting in her car in the to-go lane of the 8402 Citrus Park Drive Chili's restaurant when a black SUV pulled up beside her. Someone inside asked for directions to the mall.
The driver of the SUV then got out, aimed a pistol at the woman and demanded money, deputies said. She gave him her purse and the SUV drove away.
When deputies found the suspects, they found some of the property taken in the robberies and marijuana in the Saturn Vue. The car was impounded.
Jentsch of 13805 Magdalene Lake Cove and Park of 10502 Hamner Ave. were taken to the Hillsborough County Jail. Haines of 8412 Oak Tree Court, No. 201, was taken to the county's Juvenile Assessment Center.