3 Charged, More Arrests Possible In Rash Of Robberies

3 Charged, More Arrests Possible In Rash Of Robberies

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Police have released the names of three people charged in connection with a string of robberies in Watertown in recent weeks.

Arrested were 20 year old Alisia Riney and 20 year old Jeremiah Nicholas, who formerly lived on Fort Drum, and 20 year old Ali Ahmad El Hawa of Germantown, Maryland.

Police say Riney and Nicholas are Army deserters and El Hawa is in the process of being discharged.

Detective Lieutenant Joe Donoghue of the Watertown Police Department said authorities tracked the suspects to 116 North Hamilton Street Thursday night.

One was stopped in a vehicle, one fled the home on foot and was found in the neighborhood later, and the third was removed from the home by the police department's special response team and the Jefferson County sheriff emergency response team. 

The three were arraigned in city court Friday morning.

There could be more arrests.

"We may have other persons that assisted in these robberies," Donoghue said. "We actually have another robbery that we believe happened in between the times of the reported robberies."

Donoghue said a handgun, pellet gun, and other evidence were found in the North Hamilton Street home.

In a release, police detailed three robberies they're suspected in.

The first was at 135 Scio Street on February 16, where three people entered the home and forcibly stole cash after attacking a 31 year old man. The victim sought treatment for his injuries.

The second incident was February 26 at 735 West Main Street. Three people entered the home and hit a 23 year old man on the head with handguns two of the suspects wielded. The man was also punched and kicked. The suspects stole cash and other property before fleeing.

That victim also sought medical treatment.

In the third robbery, at least three people forced their way into an apartment at 325 Coffeen Street on March 4. Several people were inside. At least one of the intruders was armed and the suspects forcibly stole money from a 31 year old man.

Riney was charged with first-degree burglary for the Scio Street and West Main Street robberies.

Nicholas was charged with first-degree burglary for the West Main Street robbery.

El Hawa was charged with first-degree burglary for the Scio Street and West Main Street robbery and second-degree robbery for the Coffeen Street robbery.

Police said they believe there was a fourth robbery that wasn't reported and another one that was planned but never attempted.

"We believe they may have been scared off. We're still trying to look and see if we can tie the people in that we arrested last night and this morning," said Donoghue.

The Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force, state police, and K-9 units from Watertown police and the sheriff's department also assisted Thursday night.

The investigation is ongoing, Donoghue said. If anyone has information, they can contact Watertown police at 315-782-2233.

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