Two additional suspects in a string of New Year's Day armed robberies are now behind bars.
Authorities say 23 year old Ervin Smith Jr. and 27 year old Christopher Collins were located by investigators late Wednesday. Both suspects were booked for Robbery, Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony, Felony Assault and Possession of a Firearm.
The crime spree began at Bucky's at 72nd and Maple just before 6:00 Tuesday morning. Officers spoke with an employee who said three men wearing dark coats entered the store, showed a gun and demanded money. The trio took money, cigarettes and lottery tickets and fled eastbound from the scene.
About 20 minutes later police were called to the Kwik Shop near 72nd and Crown Point. An employee there told officers three men wearing all black entered the business and threatened to shoot her. They took cigarettes and lottery tickets and fled in an unknown direction.
Then, a third robbery and shots fired call came in from the Phillips 66 at 60th and Sorensen Parkway Officers spoke with a customer who said he had an exchange of gunfire with three suspects. The customer turned out to be an ex-Marine and former Omaha Police officer. No injuries were reported in the incident.
One suspect, 24 year old Marcus Evans was arrested shortly after the incident on three counts of Robbery, Using a Weapon to Commit a Felony and a misdemeanor warrant.