Mesa police arrested a juvenile male and three men who tried pressure two high school girls into having sex and then used a shotgun to threaten two men who came to the girls’ rescue.
The four men began pressing the girls into sex and drinking alcohol late Wednesday night in the 700 block of West Edgewood Avenue, but police said the nervous girls refused. When the girls asked to be taken home, the men demanded $10 for gas before taking them anywhere. The girls called friends to pick them up, and the four suspects confronted two men who arrived.
One of the suspects reached into the vehicle driven by the girls’ friends and tried to take a wallet out of his pocket, police said. The 21-year-old victim slapped the suspect’s hand away, but a second suspect brandished a shotgun and threatened the man. The suspect took the victim’s wallet and removed $3 and a debit card. As the confrontation continued, both of the girls’ friends were struck in the head by one or more of the suspects.
The girls then got into their friends’ vehicle, and all the victims left the scene as they called police.
Police responded with multiple air units to search for the suspects. The men emerged from a residence, and police found the shotgun, a pistol and the victim’s debit card. Police arrested Elijah Harper, 20, Jeffrey Thomas, 24, and Kishawn Allen, 19, on suspicion of robbery. The juvenile also was arrested on a warrant and robbery charges. The Tribune does not publish the names of juvenile suspects.
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