Police: teens rob shoppers of new 'Air Jordans'

(Source: WBTV)
(Source: WBTV)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Four teens have been arrested and charged in connection with an armed robbery Friday morning outside the Savannah Mall.

Both the Oglethorpe and Savannah malls were packed with large crowds before early Friday morning with eager shoppers who wanted to buy the limited edition Nike Air Jordan Concord 11 sneakers as it hit the store shelves.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police were called to help Oglethorpe Mall security just before 7 a.m. when the crowd got unruly. O.C. spray was deployed by mall security, and disbursed the crowd, according to police. An SCMPD officer was inadvertently sprayed at the scene.

Just before 8 a.m., two young men were leaving the Savannah Mall, when they were approached by four men in a white Mazda Protégé. The suspects demanded their new sneakers and indicated they had a weapon, according to police. The victims handed over the merchandise and the four men sped off.

Police spotted the vehicle minutes later and pulled it over.

Police said Tavonte Johnson, 19, jumped out of the vehicle, and ran toward Regal Cinemas. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

James Johnson, 17, Janard Coney, and a 16-year-old stayed in the vehicle as directed by officers. Two pairs of sneakers, a pistol and magazine were discovered in the vehicle.

They were charged with armed robbery and taken to the Chatham County Detention Center.