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Teen arrested in connection to armed robberies to be tried as adult

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – A 16-year-old teenager arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies that took place throughout Yuma will be charged as an adult.

Richard Limones now faces 13 felony charges.

Police arrested Limones last week.

Limones is being charged as an adult because of the violence of the crimes. Police say he robbed five businesses.

In each robbery, Limones pointed a shotgun at an employee and threatened to kill them if they didn't hand over money.

Yuma County Prosecutors have charged the 16-year-old with 12 felonies in connection to the string of robberies.

Charges filed against the teen include six counts of aggravated assault, four counts of armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery.

Limones is being held at the Yuma County Adult Detention Center.

Prosecutors say he confessed to committing the armed robberies.

"The 16-year-old after his arrest that night, when they found him with the shotgun, he confessed," the prosecutor said, while in court on Monday.

Police arrested Limones along with 42-year-old Dennis Aguerro last week after officers stopped them for following a woman who was headed to the bank after work to deposit money.

Police say Limones and Aguerro planned to rob her.

When officers searched their car, they found a shotgun, a black ski mask and rubber gloves.

In court earlier this week, prosecutors accused Aguerro of being the mastermind and Limones of doing the dirty work.

"The 16-year-old would threaten to kill people if they did not provide him with the money that he wanted," the prosecutor said.

Police say the string of armed robberies started in April 2013.

Between then and May 2013, police have tied the pair to robberies at Tacos Mi Rancho, R.C. Liquor Store, CMS Store, Fourth Avenue Liquor and Eighth Street Liquor.

Aside from money, police say Limones also demanded alcohol.

A Yuma County Judge set Limones' bond at $500,000.

He is scheduled to appear in court again for a preliminary hearing on August 2.     

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