Manhunt on for suspects in crime spree; 5 robberies, 10 victims

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police say they're looking two armed men who are believed to be behind a string of early morning robberies in North Phoenix.

According to Lt. Cheryl Gipson-Thurman with the Phoenix Police Department,  the men committed as many as five armed robberies in the Phoenix area Friday morning.

Those suspects approached random victims as they getting getting water from water stations and demanded their wallets, cell phones, anything else they could get, Gipson-Thurman said.

One man is described as an Hispanic male between the ages of 25 and 35. He's about 5 feet 8 inches, weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt and dark pants.

The other man, believed to be the driver, is white. That man is between 25 and 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a red shirt and jeans.

The string of strong-arm robberies started shortly before 4:30 a.m. Police believe there were five incidents at separate locations, involving as many as 10 victims.

The first incident happened at a water station at 35th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard. The suspects then moved on to 51st Avenue and McDoweel Road, then 47th Avenue and Indian School Road, then 67th Avenue and Indian School Road, then 67th Avenue and Thomas Road.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department, four of those locations were water-filling stations. The remaining location was a parking lot area, possibly en route to another water facility.

"It appears that the same scenario was set up where they would go to places where people were filling up their water jugs for the day," Thompson said.

According to Thompson, the suspects pistol whipped two of the victims. Those people were injured badly enough to be taken to the hospital and are expected to recover.

"These suspects committed brazen crimes, Thompson said. "They had weapons, and them to pistol whip people, that's a pretty brazen crime."

Police don't have much to go on in the case. They do, however, have a partial license plate of the suspects' vehicle, a newer model gray or silver foreign four-door sedan.  Those numbers are 059.

Anybody with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department.