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Tucson cops charge fourth person in taxicab robberies

Citizen Staff Writer



Police arrested another man in connection with a recent rash of violent crime, including five robberies of taxicab drivers, a Tucson police spokesman said.

Mark C. Jenkins, 19, was arrested Thursday after the issuance of a department-wide bulletin, Sgt. Fabian Pacheco said Friday in a news release.

Jenkins was booked into the Pima County Jail on four counts of armed robbery, four counts of aggravated robbery, four counts of aggravated assault and one count of kidnapping.

Police allege Jenkins worked with three others, who have already been arrested, in a series of armed robberies. However, police believe Jenkins was not involved in all the crimes.

The robberies for which he was charged include:

• A residential break-in on Sept. 25 where a juvenile was held at gunpoint and forced to surrender his wallet, laptop computer and other possessions.

• A cab driver robbery on Sept. 26 where three men had their faces covered with bandannas

• A cab driver robbery on Sept. 28 where the driver was held at gunpoint

• A cab driver robbery on Monday where the driver was threatened with a gun and a knife

Jenkins was not thought to have taken part in Wednesday’s crimes, which included two midtown robberies of cabbies and an attempted robbery where the cab driver sped away.

The other three suspects arrested in connection with these crimes are Joseph J. Cotton, 19; Mazi L. Griffith, 30, and Miea D. Stoutamire, 27.

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