Teens are charged in spree of 10 Minneapolis robberies

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 9:08 PM

A 16-year-old boy and three other teens were charged Thursday in a spree of armed robberies in south Minneapolis over the weekend.

Farhan Sheihkdon Dhimbil was charged by petition in juvenile court in connection with 10 armed robberies Sunday in which he and others allegedly robbed mostly women with a BB gun, according to the Hennepin County attorney's office.

Dhimbil faces 13 felony counts. The three other boys, ages 15, 14 and 13, were charged in connection with some of the robberies; however, because they are younger than 16 their cases were not public. Since Dhimbil is older and faces felonies, his case is public.

From 2:50 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Dhimbil and others allegedly drove a stolen car around south Minneapolis with a black Phantom BB handgun and demanded women's purses, according to the petition. The group allegedly collected some cash, but mostly they were interested in cellphones, which Dhimbil told police they intended to sell.

The spree ended after a woman was held up at an apartment complex on Clinton Avenue S. Responding police saw the car and turned around to chase it. By the time police caught up with the car, it had hit a parked vehicle and four people from the car were running away. Police caught three of them, including Dhimbil. The car had been reported stolen from north Minneapolis earlier in the day.

All of the teenage boys arrested admitted to police that they were involved in the robberies. According to the petition, the 15-year-old defendant joked with police that it was "National Rob Day" and asked whether they had broken any records in terms of the number of robberies they committed.

Nicole Norfleet • 612-673-4495 Twitter: @stribnorfleet

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