Teens Arrested Following String Of Armed Robberies

Lincoln Police arrested five teens Thursday who were linked to an armed robbery and burglary in the capital city.

Taban Rik, Kiehl Gold, David Atem and two underage teens were booked Thursday.

Officers responded to the first robbery Wednesday night. Shortly before 11:30, two victims reported they were robbed at gunpoint by two men near 1st and West A Street. The victims were on their bicycles in the area when a white Buick pulled up next to them, two men got out and one of them pointed a handgun at the victim demanding his belongings. The victims said they recognized the men after seeing them parked at a Super C minutes earlier. The victims turned over their phone and cash and the men left the area in the Buick.

Around 1:30 Thursday morning, officers responded to reports of a burglary by two men with guns near 8th and Hartley.

A sixteen year old reported he was playing video games with friends when two men with handguns entered the unlocked back door of the home. The men walked into the teen's bedroom, shoved him to the ground and struck him in the head with the gun. The two other victims were also hit in the head with a gun. The suspects reportedly took about 20 grams of marijuana and left the area in a white Buick.

Officers spotted the white Buick near 11th and Cornhusker Highway a short time later and conducted a traffic stop. Five people were taken into custody. Officers said a sixteen year old suspect had a realistic looking BB gun in his waistband. A second realistic looking BB gun was located inside the Buick.

Police said eighteen year old Taban Rik was arrested for Robbery, Burglary and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony. Eighteen year old Kiehl Gold was arrested for Accessory to a Class 2 Felony and eighteen year old David Atem was jailed for Robbery and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony. A sixteen year old male and a seventeen year old male were both also arrested for Robbery.

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