• 'Why don't you have any more money?': Teen robbery suspect tries to hide from police in zoo

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A string of robberies led to a 16-year-old suspect being taken into custody at the Memphis Zoo after trying to hide from police.

    Memphis police are still piecing together the investigation in Midtown.

    Police said there were two armed robberies in the same area.

    Police said during the robbery, the suspect pointed a gun and both victim's head saying that "I'll kill you" and "Why don't you have any more money?".

    The suspect took the victims' wallet and purse. The wallet had $300 cash inside.

    Police said there was a total of five victims involved in the robberies. 


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    After the crime spree, officers got behind the suspect's vehicle and pursued. The car disabled itself near University Street and North Parkway, and the driver ran. He hopped a fence into the Memphis Zoo. 

    K-9 officers were able to track down him. A helicopter was also used in the search. 

    The 16-year-old teenager was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Police said he was hurt climbing the fence and he was also bitten by the K-9 officer. 

    The Memphis Zoo issued a statement which said,

    "Our security team was present and cooperated with the MPD, the suspect did not come into contact with any team members at the zoo. No animal exhibits were breached."

    According to police, the suspect -- who has not been identified -- has been charged with Aggravated Robbery, Evading Arrest, and Theft of Property.

    The investigation is ongoing. 

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