St. Paul officers on Friday arrested a 15-year-old boy who police say has been arrested more than 20 times in recent years, and is a suspect in multiple carjackings and robberies in the Twin Cities.
It was part of Operation Intercept, which police describe as a multi-agency law enforcement effort focused in the east metro on ending a rash of carjackings. There has been an increase in armed robberies of vehicles locally and in cities across the United States, with police saying many of the suspects are teenagers.
On Thursday at about 9:40 p.m., a 21-year-old woman was getting groceries from her car in Highland Park when someone pointed a gun at her chest and demanded her purse in the 800 block of St. Paul Avenue. She didn’t have money with her and the suspect left in a sedan nearby, where police say another suspect was waiting.
Surveillance video showed the sedan follow an Audi Q5 across the Ford Bridge into Minneapolis. In South Minneapolis, the sedan’s driver rear-ended the Audi. The driver was assaulted and her vehicle was stolen.
Police found the suspect in the stolen Audi on Friday and tried to stop him, but he fled. Investigators tracked him to Dayton’s Bluff, where he left the Audi in the 100 block of Bates Avenue.
Officers set up a perimeter, and police said the 15-year-old surrendered without incident and was taken into custody.