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Multiple felony charges were filed, this week, against five suspects for their involvement in multiple street robberies that occurred in Long Beach.

On March 6, 2016, three male adults and two juveniles robbed multiple victims of their personal property. The suspects, armed with a handgun, would approach unsuspecting pedestrians and demand their cell phones and personal items. Fortunately, none of the victims were injured during the incidents.

While patrol officers began investigating the first robbery in the 100 block of Falcon Avenue, a second robbery was reported in the 400 block of Park Avenue. As officers continued investigating both street robberies, another similar robbery was reported in the area of Savona Walk and The Toledo. As officers descended on the area of the third robbery, they located a suspicious vehicle along with subjects who matched the description of the robbery suspects. Officers detained the subjects for investigation and recovered a replica handgun.

Officers, subsequently, arrested 19-year-old Jefferson Sofele, 18-year-old Mathew Sofele, and 19-year-old Linkoln Nansen, and two 17 year-olds for their involvement in the street robberies. All are residents of Long Beach.

On March 8, 2016, detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. Four felony counts of robbery and one count of attempt robbery were filed against each adult suspect. A Juvenile Petition was filed against both juveniles by the Juvenile District Attorney’s Office.

Jefferson Sofele, Mathew Sofele, and Linkoln Nansen are being held in Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $250,000.00 for each. The adult defendants are expected to return to Long Beach Superior Court on March 15, 2016, at 8:30 a.m., in Department J.

The juveniles are in Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall and are expected to return to Long Beach Superior Court on March 30, 2015.

While detectives began analyzing the evidence, they located additional cell phones that may have been taken from other victims. Detectives are asking anyone who may been the victim of a robbery by a group of Male Samoans and Hispanics, with one of the subjects having a ponytail, or saw a black SUV during the commission of a robbery, to please contact Robbery Detective Gonzalez at (562) 570-7068.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone wishing to provide information and remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Robbery detectives would like to remind everyone to remain aware of their surroundings at all times and report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1. Please follow @LBPDrobbery on Twitter for weekly crime prevention tips.