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FREMONT -- Three men arrested for a series of armed robberies throughout the Bay Area last summer have each pleaded no contest to a robbery charge, police said Wednesday.

Alex Crisp, 29, of Vallejo; Trenton Frolander, 19, of Vallejo and Jabari Knight-Jenkins, 20, of Fairfield, entered their respective pleas during a Monday hearing at the Fremont Hall of Justice

The pleas stemmed from armed robberies involving Craiglist.com advertisements that took place in August in eight cities throughout the Bay Area, police said. During at least one of the incidents, a victim was pistol whipped, Fremont Police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

The crimes took place in Fremont, San Jose, Berkeley, Pinole, Fairfield, San Leandro Police, Oakland, Alameda and in unincorporated Alameda County.

In each case, the victim reported that they had all placed an advertisement on Craigslist.com selling electronics, expensive shoes or designer watches. The victims were contacted by the suspects by telephone or by e-mail and a meeting place was set between the victim and suspects.

The meetings between the suspects and victims all slightly varied, but generally, the suspects produced a firearm and demanded the items. In a few cases, the victims were battered when they did not comply with the demands.


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On Aug. 22, Crisp was arrested in Vallejo. On Sept. 15, Frolander was arrested in Fairfield. The next day, on Sept. 16, Knight-Jenkins was arrested in Solano County. All three suspects were then charged felony robbery.

All three defendants remained behind bars on Wednesday at the Santa Rita Jail.

Sentencing is scheduled next month and under the law each defendant faces prison time.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.