4 Teenagers Are Arrested For Their Connection In Over Ten Armed Robberies And Carjackings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – CMPD arrested four teenagers for their involvement in multiple armed robberies and carjackings in the Steele Creek and Hickory Grove Divisions.

Officers arrested Kevin Irigoyen, 18, Luis Rivera, 17, Douglas Ramirez, 16,  and Steven Batista, 16, on charges in connection to at least 10 crimes from a span of over four days.

The crimes are listed below:

  • On December 27, 2016, Hickory Grove Officers responded to 6601 Yateswood Drive in reference to an armed robbery call for service.  The victim advised he was attempting to leave for work and saw a vehicle pull up with two subjects inside.  A third subject approached him, brandished a firearm and demanded property.  The suspects took the victim’s wallet and vehicle.
  • On December 29, 2016, Steele Creek Officers responded to 6625 Dupont Drive in reference to an armed robbery call for service.  The victim stated he just returned to his apartment when he was approached by several subjects who ordered him to get out of his vehicle.  The victim attempted to run and one of the suspects fired a shot at him.  The suspects took the victim’s vehicle.
  • On December 29, 2016, Hickory Grove Officers responded to 5911 Farm Pond Lane in reference to a larceny of vehicle call for service.  The victim stated that he went to his vehicle that was parked outside and realized he left something in the house.  He went inside his home and came back out and saw his vehicle leaving the parking lot.  The victim stated he did not leave his vehicle running and may have dropped his keys nearby.
  • On December 29, 2016, Hickory Grove Officers responded to 6841 Saddle Point Road in reference to an armed robbery call for service.  The victim stated that he was walking down the road and was approached by several suspects that exited out of a vehicle.  One of the suspects brandished a firearm and demanded property.
  • On December 29, 2016, Hickory Grove Officers responded to 6516 Touchwood Drive in reference to a larceny of vehicle call for service.  The victim advised she left her vehicle running in the driveway and it was no longer there when she returned outside.
  • On December 30, 2016, Steele Creek Officers responded to 2008 El Verano Circle in reference to an armed robbery call for service.  The victim stated that she went to her vehicle to retrieve property that she left inside.  She stated that she noticed a vehicle pull into the complex with several subjects inside.  The passenger exited the vehicle and approached her, brandishing a firearm. An additional suspect got out of the vehicle and took the victim’s vehicle.
  • On December 30, 2016, Steele Creek Officers responded to 6625 Dupont Drive in reference to an armed robbery call for service.  The victim stated she was sitting her vehicle when she was approached by an armed subject, who demanded her to get out of her car.  The subject attempted to take the victim’s vehicle, but due to a broken gear shift, he could not drive it.  The suspect then left the scene.
  • On December 30, 2016, Steele Creek Officers responded to 5012 Cherrycrest Lane in reference to an armed robbery call for service.  The victim advised he was sitting in his vehicle, when two males approached him and demanded his property at gunpoint.  The subjects proceeded to rob him of his money and phone and left the scene.
  • On December 30, 2016, Steele Creek Officers responded to 6150 Old Pineville Road in reference to an armed robbery call for service.  The victim was sitting in his vehicle when he saw a vehicle pull into the parking lot.  A subject got out of the vehicle, armed with a firearm and advised the victim he needed his truck and didn’t want any trouble.  The victim got out of the vehicle and the subject got inside and drove off.
  • On December 30, 2016, Hickory Grove Division Officers responded to 5415 Kimmerly Woods Drive in reference to an armed robbery call for service.  The victim stated he was sitting in his vehicle, when four subjects exited a truck and approached him.  One of the subjects was armed with a firearm and demanded money and his car keys.  The suspects proceeded to rob him at gunpoint and took his property and vehicle.

Officials say Irigoyen was located by the Pineville Police Department on Friday in a stolen vehicle that was involved in a carjacking from the Hickory Grove Division. Irigoyen was charged with 4 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and 4 counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Rivera was located in Huntersville by CMPD and was charged with 3 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and 3 counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

CMPD says that information and evidence gathered during the course of the investigation led detectives to identify Ramirez as an additional suspect.  Officers say Ramirez voluntarily came to police headquarters where he was interviewed by detectives. Ramirez was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.

On Friday, officers responded to a low jack hit in the area of Harrisburg Road and Pence Road.  Officers observed a vehicle that was stolen from Farm Pond Lane and initiated a traffic stop and took the suspect into custody.  The suspect, later identified as Steven Batista, was transported to police headquarters, where he was interviewed. Batista was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Larceny of Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle.

These investigations are still ongoing.

Anyone with additional information concerning these cases or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.