An 18-year-old man and two teenagers were taken into custody Tuesday on allegations they attacked and robbed three people, including a couple at a Turlock park.
The three suspects — 18-year-old Lorenzo Lewis, a 15-year-old boy, and a 16-year-old boy — were all charged with two counts each of robbery and one count each of conspiracy, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis. There is no relation between the suspect and Officer Lewis.
Two men were injured in the assaults, though the injuries were not considered life-threatening, Lewis said.
The first robbery was reported around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Pedras Road. A man and a woman were sitting on a park bench when they were assaulted by three suspects. The couple told Turlock Police officers they had noticed a white four-door vehicle pass by and then make a U-turn. The driver slowed the vehicle as it neared the couple then stopped in the road and three males got out of the car, Lewis said.
The male victim told the police officers the three suspects ran up and tackled him and punched him several times. One of the suspects reached into the man’s pocket and took his car keys, while another suspect tried to take the woman’s cell phone from her, but she was able to pull it away from him, Lewis said.
The suspects fled in the white four-door vehicle and the couple contacted the police. The couple was able to provide officers with a description of the vehicle and the suspects
As officers were talking to the couple a report came in of another robbery in the area of N. Walnut Road and Aptos Drive with a description that matched that of the first robbery.
The victim of the second robbery told officers he was walking when three males attacked him and stole his laptop and cell phone.
Shortly after the second robbery the police department received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Bluethroat Drive. The caller stated the vehicle was a white four-door car and was occupied by three people.
Officers arrived in time to detain the three males, all of whom were positively identified by the victims as the robbery suspects, Lewis said.
Lorenzo Lewis was booked into Stanislaus County Jail and the two juveniles were booked into Juvenile Hall.