Teen Robbery Crew, Including Girls 12 and 14, Blamed for Pedestrian's Death

Teen Robbery Crew, Including Girls 12 and 14, Blamed for Pedestrian's Death

Phoenix police say two girls, ages 12 and 14, robbed a woman on the street and jumped in a getaway car that ran red lights, killed a pedestrian and slammed into a city bus.

The chaotic incident began at 7:20 a.m. Thursday near Palm Lane and 45th Street. That’s when the two teenage girls and one other female suspect pulled out a Taser-style weapon and demanded that a woman hand over her purse, police say.

The woman complied and the trio walked away into a nearby park, she told the responding officer. Police spotted a silver car with five people inside. As the officer approached the car, an 18-year-old man, driving the car, sped off past the patrol car.

The silver car, heading west on McDowell Road, blew a red light and slammed into an SUV traveling north on 44th Street. The SUV, driven by a 30-year-old woman, then careened farther north into a 44-year-old woman standing in the median strip, police said.

The suspect’s car continued down McDowell Road until it hit a city bus that had stopped at the intersection. Nobody other than the 31-year-old driver was on board.

At this point, two suspects bailed out of the car and ran. Police described them as a male and female of unknown ages. They escaped despite a police search of the area.

The other three suspects were taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for what police described as “non-life threatening injuries.”

The pedestrian was also rushed to hospital where she died. The bus driver was unhurt and there was no word on the condition of the SUV driver.

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