Lincoln police arrest 5 teens linked to armed robberies

Published: Aug. 30, 2018 at 12:09 PM CDT
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Lincoln Police arrested five teens Thursday who were linked to an armed robbery and burglary in the capital city.

Taban Rik, Kiehl Gold, David Atem and two underage teens were booked Thursday.

Officers responded to the first robbery on Wednesday. Shortly before 11:30 p m., two victims reported they were robbed at gunpoint by two men near SW 1st and West A Street. The victims were on their bicycles in the area when a white Buick pulled up next to them. Two men got out of the Buick and one of them pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his belongings.

The victims said they recognized the men after seeing them parked at a Super C minutes earlier. The victims turned over their phone and cash and the men left the area in the Buick.

A second robbery was reported around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Officers responded to the 800 block of Hartley on reports of a burglary by two men with guns.

A 16-year-old reported he was playing video games with friends when two men with handguns entered the unlocked back door of the home. The men walked into the 16-year-old’s bedroom, shoved him to the ground and struck him in the head with the gun. The two other victims were also struck in the head with a gun.

Police said the suspects took approximately 20 grams of marijuana and left the area in a white Buick.

Officers spotted the white Buick near 11th St and Cornhusker Hwy a short time later and conducted a traffic stop.

Five people were taken into custody without injury. Officers said a 16-year-old had a realistic looking BB gun in his waistband. A second realistic looking BB gun was located inside the Buick.

Police said Taban Rik, 18, was arrested for robbery, burglary and use of a weapon to commit a felony. Kiehl Gold, 18, was arrested for accessory to a class 2 felony. David Atem, 18, was arrested for robbery and use of a weapon to commit a felony. A 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male were both arrested for robbery.


Realistic looking BB gun located inside the suspect's Buick. Credit: LPD

Realistic looking BB gun found on a robbery suspect. Credit: LPD