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Police Follow Leads in Wednesday's Crime Spree

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LAS VEGAS -- Police are still on the hunt for a group of people responsible for a rash of violent robberies early Wednesday morning. But as those suspects remain on the loose, some residents in the area where those crimes happened are growing concerned.

Residents want the group responsible for the robberies to see justice, but their biggest worry is getting them off the streets. People who frequent the bus stops and live in the neighborhoods where the crime happened, say they are on edge.

"I'm looking over my shoulder a lot and making sure that nobody is trying to walk up on me," said resident Matika Hogan.

"How can you protect yourself against that? You walk down the street and here comes a car and then somebody with a gun. What can you do," said resident James Moniz.

Detectives are still following up on several leads they've received since the string of crimes happened.

Police say early Wednesday morning a group of four to five Hispanics carried out the series of violent robberies, pistol whipping and even stabbing one victim. They also brutally beat up and robbed Eldorado high school teacher Timothy VanDerbosch, who was hit and killed by a passing car shortly after.

At that scene, a small memorial of candles and letters continue to grow for VanDerbosch.

Authorities say the robberies where crimes of opportunity and the suspects didn't get away with much.

"Some happened at bus stops and people walking down the streets. Basically, the victims are out minding their business, going about there day to day routine," said Metro Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts.

Police say other victims sent to the hospital as a result of these robberies are all doing ok.

Police are still looking for the suspects. The car they were driving is a white 1999 or 2000 Nissan Maxima with possibly some front end damage. The suspects are described as Hispanic men in their 20's and possibly one Hispanic female around the same age.

Police identified one man they said was a person of interest in the crime. But, after interviewing the man, they determined he was not involved in the robbery spree or the death of VanDerbosch. Police say the individual found VanDerbosch's ATM and credit cards and used them. He will likely be charged for that crime.

If you have any information, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

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