Mom, Oak Lawn robbery suspect speak out

- *Warning: The video above includes strong language.*

Dallas police have released the mug shots of the 18-year-olds arrested for a robbery in Oak Lawn.

Deon Fridia and Donedwin Maxie are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

On Sunday, a woman was robbed in a parking garage on Medical District Drive. Two men took her wallet, keys and car.

Officers later pulled Fridia and Maxie over in the stolen car.

Detectives are still working to determine if they are link to the other recent attacks in Oak Lawn.

Police originally withheld their mug shots because they wanted to see if any of the other robbery victims could identify them.

But, Fridia’s mother told FOX 4 he was in jail when some of those attacks happened.

Fridia denied pointing a gun at the woman in the parking garage.

He also denied having anything to do with string of 13 robberies and assaults in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas since late September.

He did admit that he was with Maxie when Maxie allegedly put a gun to a woman's head, threatened to kill her if she didn't give him everything she had and pistol-whipped her.

Fridia says he thought the two of them were in the garage just to burglarize cars.

“He said, he said, ‘Bro, we're gonna go car hopping,’” said Fridia. “…It's where you go opening doors and if it's open, you go in there.”

He also said Maxie was behaving erratically and he felt threatened.

“He pointed the gun at me and did this motion and told me to get into the car,” said Fridia.

Police arrested the pair in the stolen car in the 3700 block of Maple Avenue, where police say they appeared to be watching to rob additional victims.

Neither suspect has been charged in the Oak Lawn assaults, but both have been charged with armed robbery in connection with the woman in the garage.

Friday says he was questioned at length by police about the Oak Lawn attacks, but claims that they got the wrong guy on both incidents.

“I don't rob,” said Fridia. “I don't rob nobody. There's not a bone in my body that would rob.”

Maxie’s mother, Carla, spoke to FOX 4 on Wednesday.

“I am very angry,” she said. “I am very disappointed and I'm very upset.”

Carla fears her son is on the wrong path.

“You try to show your kids the positive things in life and instill good things in them,” she said. “Then they go astray, then what?”

But she doesn’t think he had anything to do with the other Oak Lawn attacks, possibly motivated by hate.

“I don't want to believe that he's capable of nothing like that,” she said.

“How come?” said FOX 4’s Natalie Solis.

“I just don't,” said Carla.

“Has he ever expressed to you that he has any hatred or feelings toward gay people?” said Solis.

“No, not at all,” said Carla.

Carla says her son had been in trouble as a juvenile and is still running with the wrong people, but she's standing by him, offering love and support and knowing that actions come with consequences.

“If somebody saw you do that, and she know that you did that, stop lying,” said Carla.

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