Five teens arrested in Purdue campus robberies


Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with three strong-arm robberies on the Purdue University campus in October.

The robberies occurred during the last weekend of October.

Four suspects were arrested Wednesday (Nov. 7) and a fifth was arrested Thursday (Nov. 8). Three of the five face multiple felony charges.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said an investigation uncovered two stolen laptops sold to a Lafayette pawn shop.

Walter Akil Jones, 18, is charged with three counts of robbery with bodily injury and three counts of theft.

Marqesse Jirmal-Carl Estrada, 18, is charged with two counts of robbery with bodily injury and two counts of theft.

Claude Leo Moore III is charged as an adult with one count of robbery with bodily injury and theft.

Jalin Cortez Gordon, 18, is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, and Kayla Sharae Lee, 19, is charged with theft.

Each teen is accused of involvement in robberies reported around 9:40 pm in the 1000 block of Third Street; at 4:29 a.m. Oct. 28 in the 600 block of North Russell Street; and at 12:30 a.m. Oct. 29 in the 300 block of Centennial Mall Drive.

In two of the three incidents, the victim was walking alone, attacked from behind and robbed, police said. In the third, two people were attacked and robbed. One victim was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.

Police believe the suspects arrived on campus in one vehicle and the driver waited while the robberies took place. The suspects returned to the vehicle at a predetermined location. Cox said surveillance cameras placed around campus helped in the investigation. Police spotted the suspects getting out of the car and were able to track their movements through campus.

Jones, Estrada and Moore are all charged with Class B and D felonies. Bond was set at $25,000 for each count. Gordon is charged with a B felony. Lee is charged with a Class D felony and her bond set at $5,000. Class B felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. A Class D felony is punishable by up to three years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.

Police said more arrests in connection with the incidents are expected.