Sacramento police are on the lookout for three juveniles suspected of carrying out a series of armed robberies between 2 and 4:30 a.m. today.
In one of the robberies a victim was shot in the eye. In another, two female victims were forced to disrobe and then were touched sexually, police said today.
The robbery spree centered in the Oak Park area and extended into a neighborhood a short distance to the south.
Police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong, in a press release, reported that the first robbery occurred at 2 a.m. when three juveniles approached a victim near 18th Avenue and 42nd Street.
That victim believed one of the suspects was pointing a bb gun and he said he refused to give the youths his property. The suspects fled on two bicycles.
Then at 2:45 a.m., a victim was approached by three suspects near 11th Avenue and 44th Street. The victim was shot in the eye with a bb gun and robbed, Leong said.
The third robbery - at about 3 a.m. - occurred near 11th Avenue and San Jose Way when a victim was approached by three suspects who robbed him at gunpoint. Two of the suspects in that case armed with guns, the police report said. They stole items from that person and then fled the area.
The fourth robbery occurred at about 4:30 a.m. near the 5100 block of McGlashan Street. In that case, police said, the three suspects on two bicycles approached two female victims.
The suspects robbed them at gunpoint and then forced them to get undressed. Police said the suspects touched the females sexually and then fled.
The suspects in all four cases were described as between 12 and 16 years old, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, riding two bicycles. One had braids or dread locks. They were armed with a bb gun and what is thought to have been a real run.
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.
Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.