Two adults were in jail and two teenagers were in juvenile detention Monday after two robberies and a car chase in which shots were fired at police officers Friday night, authorities said.
The first robbery was reported at 8:22 p.m. Friday at Friendly Amigo, 1901 N. Beach St., in Haltom City. Two males and a female ordered a clerk to give them money, according to a news release from Investigator Keith Bauman, a North Richland Hills spokesman.
A second robbery was reported at 8:34 p.m. less than a mile away at Haltom Corner, 4101 N.E. 28th St.
No shots were fired in either robbery, police Detective Ray Beshirs said.
At 10:09 p.m., a North Richland Hills dispatcher received a 911 call from a motorist on Northeast Loop 820 near Boulevard 26 who said shots had been fired from the backseat of a maroon Dodge Neon.
At 10:22 p.m., a North Richland Hills patrol officer tried to pull over a car that fit that description near Blaney Avenue and Oakland Lane. The car tried to get away from the officer, and during the pursuit, shots were fired “in the direction of officers,” the news release said.
After the suspects’ car “eventually became disabled” on Northeast Loop 820 near Interstate 35W, five people were arrested. A woman was later released when investigators determined that she did not take part in the robberies or in the shooting at officers, Bauman said.
Of the four, an 18-year-old Haltom City man faces two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity/aggravated robbery, two of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one of attempted capital murder of a police officer.
A White Settlement man, 23, faces two charges of engaging in organized criminal activity/aggravated robbery.
A 16-year-old Watauga boy and a 15-year-old Fort Worth girl face juvenile charges of engaging in organized criminal activity/aggravated robbery.
Police declined to release the names of the adults arrested. Bauman said they were withheld for “investigative purposes.”
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