Three teens who committed a string of armed robberies and carjackings in east and southwest Charlotte have been sentenced to prison, while a fourth awaits trial, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said.
Steven Batista and Douglas Ramirez, both 17, and Luis Rivera, 18, all of Charlotte, were sentenced in Mecklenburg County Superior Court recently to at least four years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to numerous charges.
Judge Robert Ervin sentenced the teens to an additional year and eight months behind bars, but suspended those sentences if they complete two years of supervised probation, according to the district attorney’s office.
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A fourth suspect, Kevin Irigoyen, 19, of Harrisburg, remains jailed awaiting trial, court records show.
Batista pleaded guilty to three counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of attempted assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Ramirez pleaded guilty to five counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of attempted assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking or entering.
Rivera pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, first-degree burglary, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny after breaking or entering and conspiracy to commit breaking or entering.
The late December crime spree began in the 6600 block of Yateswood Drive, south of Albemarle Road, when a man leaving for work was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet and vehicle, police said.
Four incidents followed two days later, including one where a man was shot at when he tried to run from robbers outside his apartment in the 6600 block of Dupont Drive, off South Boulevard. The victim was not hurt, but his vehicle was stolen, police said. Two other cars were stolen that day, and a man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked in the 6800 block of Saddle Point Road in east Charlotte.
Three more victims reported being carjacked a day later, on El Verano Circle and Old Pineville Road in Steele Creek and Kimmerly Woods Drive near East W.T. Harris Boulevard. In a fourth incident that day, a man sitting in his car on Cherrycrest Lane in Steele Creek was robbed of his wallet and phone.
In a fifth case that day, an armed robber ordered a woman from her car on Dupont Drive and tried to drive it away, but a broken gear shift prevented the car from moving and the robber left, police said.