FORT WORTH, Texas — Fort Worth police say they arrested a serial robbery crew that used a sales app to lure multiple victims under the guise of purchasing a PlayStation 4.
The robberies have been occurring since at least April 25, 2020, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.
"Multiple victims had been lured to locations by suspects selling a PlayStation 4 on a sales app," stated the department. "The victims would meet a black male carrying a PlayStation inside a backpack. A second black male would appear, produce a handgun, and demand cash from each victim."
Four robberies were reported on April 27 — two in Fort Worth and two in White Settlement, Texas. Detectives learned the serial robbery crew was using multiple fake accounts on multiple sales app.
On May 4, at approximately 9 p.m., a male victim arrived in an apartment complex parking lot in the 8900 block of Branchwood Trail to purchase a PlayStation 4 through a sales app. The victim in this robbery was a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holder and was armed at the time of the robbery.
"The suspects disarmed the victim and fled with cash and the victim’s handgun," stated the department.
On May 5, a cooperating witness contacted Fort Worth Police Department robbery detectives and identified a suspicious sales app account selling a PlayStation 4 — giving detectives an opportunity to begin communicating with the suspects.
Robbery detectives set a meet to purchase a PlayStation 4 and the suspects gave an address in the same area of one of the previous robberies in White Settlement.
In coordination with the Fort Worth Police Department's Intelligence Unit and two Special Response Teams (SRT), robbery detectives launched an operation to target the suspects during the May 6 meet.
Just before the meet, surveillance units observed four black males arrive in a white 2015 Dodge Dart four-door car at the White Settlement location to meet the would-be buyer, undercover robbery detectives. Police were also given a report of a robbery that just occurred in Fort Worth of an incident matching the modus operandi (MO) of the robbery crew.
As the suspects left the White Settlement location, SRT officers in marked units conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle and detained the four suspects. Police discovered several handguns and stolen property in the car, including the handgun taken during the May 4 robbery.
"Robbery detectives interviewed all four suspects, who admitted to committing numerous aggravated robberies connected to the sales apps," stated the department.
Robbery detectives documented seven total robberies — five in Forth Worth and two in White Settlement.
Arrested were 19-year-old Dkye Nyare Burroughs, 19-year-old Jacquez McQueen, 18-year-old Darius Walker, and 18-year-old Jashaad Tayreese Clayborn. Each was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery with bonds of $75,000 on each charge.
Police say additional charges are expected in the case.
Additionally, police are seeking any additional victims who did not report the robberies, or the robberies may have occurred in other cities. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort Worth Police Department's Robbery Unit at (817) 392-4469 or (817) 392-4382.