5 teens charged in 'gang-related' armed robbery

TACOMA, Wash. -- Prosecutors say the five teenagers thought to be responsible for a weekend armed robbery are gang members.

On Monday, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged the teens with robbery and attempted robbery for their involvement in a Saturday night stick-up in Lincoln Park. A sixth suspect has not yet been arrested.

Four friends were walking through Lincoln Park Saturday evening when they were approached by a group of six teenagers. When one of the friends asked the teens if they needed anything, one of the teens reportedly said, "Yes, everything you have in your pockets," according to prosecutors.

The victims said they didn't have anything, at which point prosecutors say one of the teens pulled out a gun, pointed it at the friends and said this "was not a game." One of the victims handed over a wallet and the six teens ran away.

Police searched the area and found five teens who matched the description of the robbers. The victims later positively identified the teens.

Two of the teens, 17-year-old Stephon Green and 18-year-old Noel Sao, were charged with first degree robbery and first degree attempted robbery. Three other teens, all 15-years old, were charged with the same crimes in juvenile court.

"Our Gang Unit is committed to vigorous prosecution of juvenile gang members who commit violent crimes in our community," Lindquist said in a news release. "Gang violence has been reduced by over 50% in Pierce County, but there is still work to be done."