CAMBRIDGE — Three juveniles were arrested in an undercover, sting operation Wednesday, Nov. 18, and charged with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault and other offenses.
Cambridge Police responded about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, to a robbery that occurred in the 400-block of Willis Street. Officers met with the male victim who advised that he was meeting a subject there to purchase a Xbox gaming system off of social media, according to Capt. Justin Todd, public information officer.
When the victim arrived a group of juveniles approached his vehicle and stood around it, Todd said. The victim told police one subject approached him directly, snatched the money and attempted to flee. When the victim tried to stop the subject, the rest of the group began assaulting him by punching him and kicking him while on the ground, then fled the area, police reported.
The victim did not need medical attention, however, he did have injuries to his face, Todd said.
Police had responded to a similar robbery in the same area Oct. 22 where a male victim was beaten with what they believed to be a handgun. In that case, the victim sustained serious injuries, Todd said.
On Wednesday, detectives were able to identify the account the suspects were using via social media to lure victims to them before robbing and assaulting them, Todd said.
Detectives contacted the suspects on social media in an undercover capacity and arranged to meet and purchase an Xbox. About 3 p.m. the suspects approached the vehicle in the 400 block of Willis Street with the undercover officer inside at which time other officers moved in and arrested the juveniles, police reported.
One of the juveniles was in possession of a BB gun, Todd said. The juveniles arrested were 17, 16 and 14 years old.
Police said additional arrests are expected to be made in these cases.