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Eleven people have been arrested after a six-month investigation into an area robbery ring.

Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans said the arrests began in October, until the alleged mastermind of the ring was arrested last week.

Evans said 20-year-old Gene Polk was arrested after a traffic stop on Hayes and Chalmers streets.

“We believe that Polk is personally responsible for 40 or more armed robberies and overall his crew ultimately may be responsible for many more,” Evans said in a statement about the arrests. “Polk and his partners, none of which is older than 22, has terrorized the east side of Detroit for months, but now we believe we have them all in custody and all have been charged.”

Evans said Polk allegedly started the crime ring with childhood friends.

The group allegedly would carjack vehicles around the city, several times at gunpoint, and use them to commit other crimes, Evans said.

Polk has a criminal history that involves arrests for home invasions, stolen property and fleeing police.

The 11 arrested and charged are:

Michael Watson (20)

-Charges: Four warrants — 14 counts of armed robbery (RA), three counts of assault with intent to commit armed robber (AWICRA), one count of felony firearms (FF). He also has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in an unrelated case.

Deshontay Hinton (19)

-Charges: Six warrants — 21 counts of RA, three counts of AWICRA, four counts of FF, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in an unrelated case.

Djuan Furman (15) -Charges: Four warrants — eight counts of RA, three counts of AWICRA, three counts of FF.

Ronnie McDade (19)

-Charges: Three warrants — 11 count of RA, three counts of AWICRA, two counts of FF.

Anthony Shepherd (15), who is charged as an adult.

-Charges: Three warrants — 11 counts of RA, one count of assault with intent to murder (AWIM), two counts of AWICRA.

Lynell Middlebrooks (17)

-Charges: Four warrants — three counts of carjacking (CJ), four counts of RA, three counts of UDAA, three counts of felonious assault (FA), one count of fleeing police.

Gerald Day (17)

-Charges: two warrants — four counts of RA, one count of receiving and concealing stolen property (motor vehicle)

David Jackson (18)

-Charges: Five warrants — eight counts of RA, three counts of CJ, three counts of UDAA, three counts of FA.

Anthony Avant (18)

-Charges: two warrants — five counts RA, one count CJ, one count UDAA, one count FF.

Trammanuel Durham (22)

-Charges: one warrant — one count of AWIM, one count of RA, one count of FA, one count of FF.

Gene Polk (20)

-Charges: three warrants (additional warrants pending) — 12 counts of RA, three counts of AWICRA, one count of felon in possession.

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