Dallas police say two men, ages 18 and 17, have been arrested and charged in connection with a string of recent armed robberies outside Dallas Independent School District campuses in Oak Cliff.
Dallas police said 18-year-old Christopher Wade and 17-year-old Roshun Dixon were both arrested and charged with three counts of robbery. Each charge carries a bond amount of $5,000.
It remains unclear which three of the six robberies that have been carried out Wade and Dixon are charged for, Dallas Police declined to specify citing the ongoing investigation.
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A police news release said officers in the department's fugitive unit arrested Wade and Dixon after they were identified by witnesses and victims. Wade confessed to being involved in three robberies and Dixon admitted to being involved in one case, the release said.
The arrest comes after the Dallas Independent School District police on Thursday shared photos of a vehicle and a hooded man who they said could be linked to the robberies and possibly an incident in which a gun was fired in the air near students crossing a street outside Sunset High School. No one was hurt.[[506882372,C]]
The six robberies happened at four Dallas ISD campuses — Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, Justin F. Kimball High School, L.V. Stockard Middle School and Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School — from Feb. 15 to Feb. 25. The robbers demanded students' cellphones and other belongings.
Three 7th graders who spoke under the condition of anonymity told NBC 5 they were standing on the corner outside Stockard Middle School last Friday when a man with a gun got out of a car with three other males and demanded their cell phones.
The boys complied.
"No kid should have to go through what we have," one of the victims said.
The boys say they instantly recognized the face in Christopher Wade's mugshot as the man that pointed a gun at them.
Dallas police said Friday witnesses and victims helped identify the suspects.
The mothers of two victims at Stockard Middle School say their sons remain shaken, days after a March 1st robbery at gunpoint.
“What these suspects don’t understand is that they affected all our lives,” Diana Guerra said.
“They don’t see what impact it did to our kids,” Adriana Morales said.
Both moms say they are concerned for their kids safety and feel that communication from police and DISD has fallen short.
“I understand it’s still under investigation and there is not too much you can tell us but at least keep us in the loop of things so we don't have to be living in fear anymore,” Guerra said.
On Friday, DISD told NBC 5 that both district and Dallas Police have upped security and patrols at the schools where the robberies were reported.
Dallas police said detectives are working with Dallas ISD officials in investigating several other incidents on school properties.