Quick work by Omaha police Thursday morning nabbed four suspects allegedly involved in a hotel parking lot robbery.
A 24-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint by a man and three women in the lot of the Motel 6 at 30th and Chicago around 8:30 a.m. The four then took off in two vehicles. The victim called 911, spurring a citywide broadcast.
An alert officer patrolling near 16th and Locust spotted one of the suspect vehicles. Police cornered the black Trailblazer at a house at 14th Avenue and Spencer. A man took off running. Police quickly set up a perimeter and the suspect had no place to go.
The man and two women in the SUV were in custody minutes after allegedly committing the crime. Those quick arrests allowed police to locate the second car and arrest another female suspect.
"Beginning to end, from the time of the robbery until the time we wrapped it up with the arrests, was probably about 15 minutes, so very well done," said Omaha Police Sgt. Steve Martinez.
Catching criminals quickly helps investigators do their jobs, according to Lt. Jay Leavitt of the North Section of the Criminal Investigation Bureau. "The quicker an arrest is made the better our chances are of having evidence to link the suspects to the crime."
Leavitt said some of the evidence that is gathered quickly, in this case a gun, money and the suspect vehicles, gives police a stronger case in court. Many times it can disappear.
"In a lot of personal robberies that involve cash, clearly that can be spent quickly and then it's gone and it's hard to tie someone specifically to a crime," said Lt. Leavitt.
The citywide broadcasts also eliminates some barriers that once may have hampered police investigations and their ability to put criminals behind bars.
"So we're not tied down by Dodge Street or 42nd or borderlines between precincts, so all officers in the city are aware no matter where these suspects might go," Lt. Leavitt said.
The four arrested and charged with robbery were 22-year-old Quintin Williams, 41-year-old Izetta Davis, 22-year-old Imesha Davis and 20-year-old Lakisha Davis. Police say the victim also helped in the arrests by giving a good description of the suspects and their vehicles.