Suspects in credit union robbery taken into custody at Phoenix home

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PHOENIX - Five people were taken into custody after police say they robbed a Phoenix credit union Tuesday afternoon.

Phoenix police Sgt. James Holmes said two suspects entered Sun West Federal Credit Union at 28th Avenue and Cactus Road a little before 2 p.m. One of the suspects, identified as David Tongate, 17, produced a handgun and waived it toward employees while Julian Bethea, 16, handed a teller a note demanding money.

Holmes said after the suspects were given an undisclosed amount of money, they fled to a waiting minivan driven by Kelvin Vale, 18. Nofomuli Piukala, 23, was also in the van.

Witnesses got a partial license plate of the vehicle, which led police officers to a home in the area of 23rd Avenue and Cactus Road. Officers detained Vale as he was leaving the house.

Officers were able to convince the remaining suspects to exit the home peaceably.

Holmes said officers found money, a handgun and other evidence in the home.

Tongate, Vale and Piukala were arrested on charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Bethea and Oscar Montawe, 17, were detained in juvenile detention.