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European tourists robbed at gunpoint in Cordes Junction; two teens arrested, accused of stealing car, money, phones

CORDES JUNCTION - Two teens were arrested Sunday after allegedly stealing at gunpoint a rental car and money from Polish tourists. The suspects were apprehended in Phoenix after leading police on a high-speed chase, according to Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

The two male 17-year-olds, both from Phoenix, found the husband and wife, who had arrived in Phoenix from London a few hours earlier, sleeping in their rented car at a service station in Cordes Junction, just off the freeway, at about 11 p.m. One of the suspects pulled a gun and told the couple to get out of the car, and took the car, $1,000 in cash, a GPS unit, and their cellphones, D'Evelyn said. The victims were able to convince the robbers to leave their passports and some clothes, he added.

A Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene, put out the suspect description on the radio, and then took the couple to a nearby hotel.

Meanwhile, a Department of Public Safety officer in Phoenix spotted the stolen Ford sedan traveling more than100 mph in Phoenix and pursued the car, which finally stopped in the 8700 block of N. 30th Avenue, D'Evelyn said.

One suspect was caught right away; the other ran, but was captured shortly after with the help of a police helicopter.

Deputies recovered the victims' property, including the cash, and booked the two juveniles on charges including robbery, theft of a vehicle and theft.

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