Durham police on Friday arrested three teens, including a 13-year-old, on charges of armed robbery.
Police who arrived at a reported robbery in progress at Soletez Boutique found the employees bound with duct tape
The officers found the three teens, all armed, hiding in the bathroom of the business at 4400 N. Roxboro St., Kammie Michael, a Durham police spokeswoman, said in a news release.
Naeem Deonte Jones and Demonte Meadows, both 18, and the 13-year-old have been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and assault by pointing a gun.
Meadows also was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and the juvenile was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, the release said. The News & Observer is not naming the juvenile because of his age.
Emergency dispatchers alerted officers about an armed robbery in progress at the business at 5:31 p.m. When officers arrived, they saw the back door to the business close. Officers entered and found the three teens hiding in the bathroom.
The police recovered three firearms, Michael reported.
The employees told police the teens were wearing bandanas over their faces and armed with guns when they entered the business and demanded money and shoes, Michael reported.
Officers took Jones and Meadows to the Durham County Jail, where they are each being held with bail set at $250,000. The juvenile was placed in a youth facility.