Six indicted for 18 Cleveland-area armed robberies

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CLEVELAND- Six Cleveland men have been indicted on 105 counts for a string of 18 armed robberies, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office announced on Wednesday.

The robberies happened between March and April in cities across the county. Parma police arrested the suspects after they gang robbed the Sunoco Station on Pearl Road.

Trayvon Abrams, 20; Michael Bates, 19; Dorian Brodersen, 24; D’Amantae Jefferies, 18; Rodney Kibble, 23; and Romeo Kibble, 19, face charges of racketeering, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and firearms violations.

“Complex racketeering cases require enormous collaboration among many law enforcement partners, and this is a great example of that,” Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Ryan Bokoch said in a news release on Wednesday. “Police from Parma, Cleveland, Brooklyn, Garfield Heights, Mayfield Heights, Cleveland Heights and Warrensville Heights and the FBI all worked together to make this indictment possible.”

The men are being held on $500,000 bond each at the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Shelly Watkins was indicted on one count of obstruction of justice for her role. Prosecutors said she is the girlfriend of one of the suspects and worked at a McDonald’s that was robbed.

Watch our report from April on the robberies: