15-year-old suspect arrested in Plantation robberies

Police say teen is family member of oldest suspect Erica Abraham


PLANTATION, Fla. – A third teenager has been arrested in connection with a series of recent robberies in Plantation.

Plantation police said Friday that a 15-year-old family member of the oldest suspect was arrested on charges of armed robbery.

Two other suspects, Erica Abraham, 18, and a 16-year-old girl were previously arrested in connection with the crimes.

Police said the trio is suspected of committing four robberies in the city, three of them outside Publix grocery stores.

The first robbery was reported on Abraham's 18th birthday Jan. 15 at the Publix at 1181 S. University Drive. 

Police said a 15-year-old boy who got out of the back seat of a black Nissan Altima pepper-sprayed a woman and snatched her purse.

Her vehicle was later stolen from the driveway of her home.

The second robbery was reported at 7:15 the same night at a Publix at 8101 W. Sunrise Blvd.

Police said the victim was approached by the teenage boy and a girl, who pepper-sprayed her and stole her purse.

The third robbery was reported two nights later on Jan. 17 as two women were leaving an Outback Steakhouse in a shopping plaza at 1823 N. Pine Island Road. Police said the driver of the Nissan struck one of the victims in the thigh, and the boy got out of the car and repeatedly punched her in the head.

Police said Abraham and the girl attacked the other victim. A cellphone was taken during the robbery.

The final robbery was reported Jan. 18 at a Publix in the area of Northwest 69th Avenue and West Broward Boulevard. The victim told police that she was driving home from Publix when a black Nissan intentionally rear-ended her vehicle while she was entering her housing development.

When the woman got out of her car to check the damage, the teenage boy and one of the suspects got out of the Nissan, pepper-sprayed the victim and took her purse, police said.

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