Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Several suspects have been arrested after five strong-arm robberies in Syracuse on Saturday and Sunday.
Police say the first happened on Saturday just before 10:30 p.m. on Clarendon Avenue as a 20-year-old Syracuse University Student was walking down the street. The student told police two black males approached him as one of them hit him in the mouth.
The student fell down and police say the suspects kicked the student in his head and ribs before making off with cash from the student’s pocket. The suspects were last seen headed west on Clarendon Avenue.
The student refused medical treatment. This case is still under investigation and no one has been charged.
The second incident happened at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Fellows Avenue and Euclid Ave. Police say one male SU student and one female SU student were assaulted and robbed of an iPhone, cash, credit cards and a purse.
The third robbery happened at 10:50 p.m. in the 400 block of Stratford Ave. This time, a 20-year-old man who goes to school at SU says he was assaulted and robbed of cash, jewelry and a debit card. Police say he suffered a broken nose and a chipped tooth.
Police say the fourth crime happened about 40 minutes later in the 700 block of Burnet Avenue. Police say a 24-year-old man was punched from behind and knocked to the ground. He told police his cigarettes and keys were stolen. The suspects in this case are described as three black male teens wearing dark clothing. This case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.
The fifth incident is described as an attempted armed robbery that happened at about 12:15 a.m. on Sunday in the 200 block of Roosevelt Avenue. Police say a 20-year-old student at SUNY ESF was walking south on the street when three black males approached him.
Police say the suspects asked the student if he had a lighter and punched the student in the face before knocking him to the ground and punched and kicked him several times.
According to police, the student fought back and the suspects stopped attacking and ran away.
Then at 12:35 a.m., police say a SU DPS officer spotted a black male wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt run across the street and get in the passenger side of a gray minivan on the corner of Madison Street and Ostrom Avenue.
Police say he matched the description of one of the suspects from the robberies.
Syracuse Police officers responded and found several items stolen from the robberies in the van.
Arrested were 19-year-old Savon O’Neal, 18-year-old Jakyree Dinkins and 17-year-old Shaquille Kinsey. All three were charged in the second and third incidents with one count each of Second Degree Robbery and Fifth Degree Criminal Possession of stolen property.
O’Neal is also facing another count of each of the above charges in the fifth incident
O’Neal, Dinkins and Kinsey are being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center pending arraignment in Syracuse City Court.
Syracuse Police say the investigation into all of these robberies is ongoing and if anyone has information on the crimes to give the Police Department a call at 315-442-522.
All calls will be kept confidential.