MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Three people are behind bars accused in a weeks-long crime spree in Memphis.
Monica Jones, 19, Dontreal Holloway, 20, and a 17-year-old were arrested and charged with assault, robbery, carjacking, and more.
Memphis Police Department announced the arrests Friday, two days after asking Memphis citizens for help identifying criminals involved in an ongoing crime spree.
Police originally named the 17-year-old suspect, but WMC5 has opted not to identify the teen until the District Attorney decides if he will be tried as an adult.
"We're here to show criminals that they will no longer wreak havoc on citizens of Memphis and get away with it," MPD Director Mike Rallings said.
Rallings praised citizens who helped make the arrest possible. He said someone flagged down officers near Appling police station and alerted them to the presence of a suspicious vehicle.
When officers investigated, they found Jones, Holloway, and the teen in the car with a lot of merchandise. Monica Jones told officers they had so much stuff in their car because they'd just come from shopping at the Target near Wolfchase.
But then officers saw receipts that contained the name of a person who'd reported having their credit cards stolen earlier in the week.
Around the same time, Rallings said the mother of Monica Jones and the 17-year-old also called police to turn in her children.
"We've spoken with [name redacted] and Monica's mother, and I want to personally commend her for trying to save her son's life and her daughter's life," Rallings said.
Officers arrested the three suspects and charged them with several crimes.
It's something residents and shoppers are also grateful for.
"More power to her for doing the right thing and making us all safer by getting them off the streets and not doing that to anybody else," shopper Jacqueline Billings said.
The three suspects will likely be charged with more crimes and other people will likely be arrested, according to MPD.
"Know this: we are coming. We will identify you. We will arrest you, and justice will be served. We will expose you publicly so others will see that we are serious. We are fed up," Rallings said.
Shoppers said they are relieved after learning the suspects are now behind bars
"Scary, I mean we just take our kids here and unload," Billings said. "Not looking at my back or anything and that's kind of freaky."