Syracuse police arrest three people in University area robberies

Three people have been arrested by Syracuse police in relation to robberies near the Syracuse University area.

Syracuse police say they received an armed robbery complaint early in the morning on September 1 on the 1300 block of East Colvin Street. According to police, a 52 year old man said three male suspects had tried to rob him while he was walking on East Colvin Street.

According to police, the victim said the three males approached him and one suspect showed a handgun. Police say he demanded the victim give the suspect any items he was carrying.

Police say the victim didn't immediately comply with the demand and the suspects ran away. Police say the victim was able to give them a description of the suspects and tell the officers which direction they ran.

Police say they quickly found three males on East Colvin Street, near Moore Avenue, who matched the description of the suspects.

According to police, the investigation revealed the three males held by police were the ones who had tried to rob the 52 year old man at gunpoint. Police identified one suspect as 16 year old Ian Vire of Syracuse. Police say they identified the other two suspects as being 15 and 14 years old. Their identities are not being released.

Police say the 15 year old had a BB gun in his possession when he was arrested.

The 14 and 15 year old suspects were lodged in the Hillbrook Detention Facility. Vire was lodged in the Justice Center. All three of them are charged with attempted robbery. The 15 year old was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Police are still investigating two other armed robberies that occurred in the university area on August 29. Police say the robberies occurred on the 300 block of Stratford Avenue around 8:45 p.m. and the other happened about ten minutes later on the 1000 block of Comstock Avenue.

Police say both robberies involved victims who were approached by three male suspects. Police also say a handgun was displayed by one of the suspects in each incident.

Through their investigation, police determined the 14 year old who was involved in the September 1 robbery was also involved in the August 29 robberies.

Police charged the 14 year old with two additional counts of robbery.

Police say no one was injured in any of these robberies.