In Dallas, Texas, four teens have been charged with capital murder after they allegedly shot and killed a 60-year-old man during an attempted armed robbery, according to local police.
Ali Elbanna, the victim, was loading groceries into his vehicle in the parking lot of a northeast Dallas Costco on Tuesday evening when the four suspects drove up to him in a stolen pickup truck and tried to rob him, per a KDFW-TV report.
The events following this remain unclear, apart from the fact that Elbanna was hit by one fatal gunshot.
The suspects are reportedly three males – 19-year-old Jacoby Bryce Tatum, 17-year-old Jaimie Levels, and a juvenile – and one female, 17-year-old Janiya Lashay Miller. Arrest affidavits state that the juvenile, who was not identified publicly, was the person who fatally shot the elderly man.
The teenagers reportedly admitted to authorities that they have done multiple other crimes that day. The Dallas police have been searching for the teens before the shooting in connection to another incident of armed robbery.
KXAS-TV reported that, according to arrest warrant documents, “the group committed another robbery where they stole two mobile phones at gunpoint.”
It added that “The victims were tracking their phones, flagged down a police officer, and provided the officer with a description of the four people — three black males and a black female with a purple wig in a newer black Ford F-150 pickup with big tires.”
According to reports, investigators managed to track the phones to NorthPark Mall. There, a surveillance video captured a group that matched the suspects’ identities.
With the phone tracking, authorities managed to locate and apprehend the teens, whom they also found to be in possession of stolen phones and the wallet of the pickup truck owner. Three adults allegedly agreed to waive their rights and talk to detectives even without an attorney.
According to investigators, the stolen pickup was found abandoned near the mall, at an apartment complex.
A KDFW report indicated that all four have been charged with capital murder. The adults are currently being held on bonds worth $500,000 each.