Police: Serial robbers nabbed
Updated On: Oct 11 2013 05:50:08 PM CDT
Reading police have made a major break in a terrorizing armed robbery spree.
Joshua Ford and Jeannate Torres have been arrested after robbing at least four people in two days, said police.
"I've always known that they were troublemakers from the start," said Cindy Zimmerman, who lived next to the boyfriend and girlfriend in the city.
According to neighbors, Ford, 27, and Torres, 25, moved into an apartment in the 700 block of Franklin Street two months ago.
Their spree started around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when they pulled a gun on a woman unloading her laundry in the 700 block of Chestnut Street. They stole her purse, cellphone, cash and her children's social security cards, said police.
Two hours later, the duo allegedly pointed a gun at a taxi driver's head in the 1000 block of Franklin Street and made off with cash.
"I think they ought to be put away for awhile, a long time," said Leroy Schaeffer, the couple's landlord.
According to police, Ford and Torres struck two other times.
The taxi driver, determined to crack the case, helped police make their move. He spotted the two back at their apartment. When Ford saw the driver, he leaned out of his apartment window and yelled, "What are you looking at? You want me to rob you again?" according to court documents.
The driver contacted police, and Ford and Torres were arrested Thursday.
"Nobody else has to fear for their life walking up and down the block knowing that some guy is going to come up and rob them," said Zimmerman.
Both Ford and Torres were unable to post bail. They are facing a long list of charges, and police are working to determine if they are connected to several other holdups.
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