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Olathe police say video on social media related to 2 armed robberies

Olathe robberies video
Posted at 9:44 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-05 19:19:51-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A video that circulated on social media Monday is related to two armed robberies that occurred on Halloween, according to Olathe police.

On Thursday, police were called to the 11700 block of Marion Street and the 18600 block of 151st Street to investigate armed robberies. Police spoke to one victim at each location.

The victims, according to police, provided similar accounts, telling officers that suspects took clothing and electronics from each of them.

The four suspects, described as teenage males, were all taken into custody, police said. According to court records, all four teens were charged in juvenile court with two counts of aggravated robbery.

An Olathe man saw the video on Facebook and said its disturbing content made him want to help the victims.

Eddy Lopez is currently planning to do something special for both robbery victims.

"I'm a single dad, and I just couldn't bear to watch that happen," Lopez said. "If that was my kid I would go crazy; I just couldn't handle it."

He and a group of friends decided they wanted to help out the robbery victims and took to social media.

Lopez said his post has blown up, and he's working on coordinating with family members.

"We're not looking for a money grab or GoFundMe, we want to make it as personal as possible," Lopez said. "Maybe dinner, shopping, a Chiefs game. Whatever they want. We're willing to do whatever it takes."

Lopez said the video should serve as a reminder to parents to keep a close eye on their kids.

"Watch their behaviors, watch their friends," Lopez said. "The behavior like that in the video would be pretty hard to miss at home."

He said it's disheartening to see something so disturbing happen in a city he loves.

"Kansas City is a great community. I've lived here basically all my life and I've never seen anything like that," Lopez said. "It hit home because I live in Olathe, I went to Olathe North (High School) so to see something so close to home, you would never expect it."

Lopez said anyone can send him an email at eddylopez616@gmail.com if they would like to help the robbery victims.