Robbers Caught After Great Police Observation

April 17, 2008

On April 17, 2007 at 7:48 p.m., Mesa Police responded to 423 N. Creston reference an armed robbery. The 22-year-old male victim stated to police he heard a knock at his front apartment door and when he answered, he noticed two black males standing in front of his door. The black males asked for someone by the name of "G" and the victim advised the males no one by that name lived at the residence. Three minutes later the victim heard another knock at his door and when he opened the door, he noticed the same black males, but this time they were each wearing pantyhose over their heads and one of the males was armed with a hand gun. The two black males forced their way into the victim's apartment and demanded money. The victim was forced to give the males a $20, $10, $5 and three $1 bills, along with his wallet and various identification cards. The black males left in an unknown direction.

Two vigilant detectives were on routine patrol in the area of 4225 E. University around 8:50 p.m. The detectives noticed two black males who matched the physical description from the armed robbery that occurred on Creston. The subjects were contacted and a hand gun matching the description given by the victim, was located in the waistband of one of the subjects. Along with the hand gun, police also located pantyhose, a pair of handcuffs and the victim's wallet on 21-year-old Channyng Easley. The second subject, 30-year-old Al-Hakiem Towns, had a $20, $10, $5 and three $1 bills. Both subjects were detained and further investigation revealed Easley and Towns were the two males who entered into and robbed the victim's residence at 423 N. Creston.

Easley and Towns were taken into custody and each booked on one count of Armed Robbery and one count of 1st Degree Burglary.


photo of robbery suspects Easley and Towns
Channyng Easley (left); Al-Hakiem Towns (right)



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