Tuesday, April 14, 1998 | 10:13 a.m.
Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with a series of armed robberies at fast-food restaurants in the Las Vegas Valley, Metro Police Lt. John Alamshaw said.
Investigators say the men are suspected of robbing clerks and managers at 12 fast-food restaurants since March 17. The last robbery was April 8 at Blimpies in the 600 block of N. Nellis Blvd., police said. No one was injured in any of the robberies.
On Friday, robbery detectives "started early in the morning and continued through the evening developing leads," Alamshaw said.
That day, three suspects were arrested, a .357-caliber Magnum was seized and some cash recovered, he said.
"We also believe that these suspects have committed approximately 15 additional robberies, including those at grocery stores, of pizza delivery drivers and at other fast-food restaurants," Alamshaw said.
Robbery Detective Steve Popp said earlier that the "one constant" in the robberies was that the suspects ordered employees into the restaurants' freezers while another employee emptied the cash register.
Rudy "Ace" Rodriquez, 20, and Darryll Young, 19, also known as "Baby Rock," were each charged with robbery with a weapon, kidnap with a weapon and burglary with a weapon.
Joseph Fuquay, 22, was charged with robbery with a weapon, kidnap with a weapon, burglary with a weapon and felony possession of a firearm.
All three were booked and held at the Clark County Detention Center.
The fast-food restaurants that were robbed -- some of them multiple times -- were Schlotzsky's, Carl's Jr., Arby's, Del Taco, Burger King, Blimpies, Pizza Hut and Rice-To-Go.