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String of robberies end when suspects crash into squad car

Jared Otha Washington and Daiquawn Michael Burrell-Smith. Courtesy of Dakota County Sheriff's Office1 / 3
Jared Otha Washington. Courtesy of Dakota County Sheriff's Office2 / 3
Daiquawn Michael Burrell-Smith. Courtesy of Dakota County Sheriff's Office3 / 3

ST. PAUL — Two men and a 17-year-old boy drove around the Twin Cities in a stolen car late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, and committed four armed robberies before crashing into an Apple Valley squad car, police said.

The three suspects were arrested and remained jailed Thursday, pending formal criminal charges.

The crash gave the two officers in the squad car whiplash, bumps and bruises, Capt. Nick Francis said. The boy, meanwhile, had a few cuts that required stitches.

Officers recovered four handguns.

"One of the suspects actually had one on him when he got out of the car," Francis said.

The robberies involved the suspects approaching people at gunpoint and demanding "wallets, cell phones and basically anything of value they had," Francis said.

The crime spree began just before 5 p.m., when a man reported that he was robbed at gunpoint by two males in the parking lot of a retail area near Cedar Avenue and 150th Street West.

About an hour later, an armed robbery was reported to Eagan police. The victim reported being robbed at gunpoint by three males, and the description given matched the suspects in the Apple Valley robbery.

About a half-hour later, a similar armed robbery was reported in Burnsville.

Finally, about 10 minutes later, a victim reported being robbed at gunpoint in an Apple Valley neighborhood near Freedom Lane, and the description given matched those of the three previous robberies.

Apple Valley officers spotted the suspects' car in a parking lot near a Home Depot south of 150th Street, a short distance from the last robbery. As officers drove toward the car, the driver sped away then rammed into the squad car, Francis said.

The car the suspects were driving had been stolen in Minneapolis earlier in the day.

The two men were identified Thursday by Dakota County jail records as Daiquawn Michael Burrell-Smith, of St. Paul, and Jared Otha Washington, of Minneapolis. They were booked on suspicion of four felonies: first-degree aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

The 17-year-old was booked at the county's juvenile detention center in Hastings.