A group of four teenagers in Dallas, Texas, have been charged with capital murder after allegedly shooting and killing a 60-year-old man during an attempted armed robbery, police said.
The victim, Ali Elbanna, was loading his vehicle with groceries in the parking lot of a northeast Dallas Costco business center early Tuesday evening when the suspects drove up in a stolen pickup truck and tried to rob him, according to KDFW-TV.
It remains unclear exactly what happened next except that Elbanna was struck by one fatal gunshot.
The suspects are reported to be three males — a juvenile, 17-year-old James Levels, and 19-year-old Jacoby Bryce Tatum — and one female, 17-year-old Janiya Lashay Miller. According to arrest affidavits, the juvenile, who has not been identified publicly, was the one who fatally shot Elbanna.
The suspects reportedly admitted to police that they had committed several other crimes that day. Dallas police were searching for the suspects prior to the shooting in connection with another armed robbery.
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According to KXAS-TV, arrest warrant documents show "the group committed another robbery where they stole two mobile phones at gunpoint."
The outlet added: "The victims were tracking their phones, flagged down a police officer, and provided the officer with a description of the four people — three black males and a black female with a purple wig in a newer black Ford F-150 pickup with big tires."
Investigators reportedly tracked the phones to NorthPark Mall, where a group matching the suspects' identities was captured on surveillance video.
Police were able to use the phone tracking to locate and apprehend the suspects, whom they found in possession of the stolen phones as well as the wallet of the pickup truck's owner. The three adults reportedly agreed to waive their rights and speak with detectives without an attorney.
Investigators said the stolen pickup truck was found abandoned in an apartment complex nearby the mall.
KDFW reported that all four suspects have been charged with capital murder and that the adults are being held on bonds of $500,000 each.
Elbanna was the owner of an Arlington wholesale business and a father of multiple children. His family told KDFW that they are seeking privacy this time while they mourn the loss of their loved one.