3 robbery suspects arrested after leading Memphis police on car chase

3 robbery suspects arrested after chase

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Two armed robbery suspects are in custody after leading Memphis police on a chase from Whitehaven to Hickory Hill.

A woman was also detained after the chase ended.

It started at 1:11 p.m. in Whitehaven in the 4600 block of Elvis Presley when police responded to an armed robbery at a Metro PCS store.

Police say the suspects led them on a chase that ended miles away in Hickory Hill at an apartment complex. Dispatch calls revealed the intense chase.

“Last seen headed on Shelby towards Tulane from Shelby. Updated description of the subjects. Both of them wearing black ski masks. Taken was a cell phone and money from the register,” said the dispatcher.

At times the chase was at low speeds of 35 miles an hour. Officers requested stop sticks at intersections.

Cellphone video from a witness shows police car after police car chasing the white Nissan Altima.

WATCH: Viewer video of police chase

Investigators said two men were in the car and a woman was driving. Kenya Coles was on her way to work when she saw all of the police cars.

"I was just wanted to be nosy, so we just came down here to see what was going on,” Coles said. “I'm glad everybody all right."

The suspects ditched the Altima at the apartment complex and started running.

Police quickly caught up with them, detaining the two men and the woman.

Robbery suspects lead Memphis police on car chase

Investigators believe the suspects are connected to several armed robberies in the city. Affidavits for Kenya Singleton and Calvin Barber connect the duo to robberies Dec. 19 at Mapco and Dec. 29 at the Beauty Plaza. A third suspect, Shaun Smith, is accused in a robbery Thursday at Metro PCS, which resulted in the police chase and arrests.

Calvin Barber, Shaun Smith and Kenya Singleton are accused of a series of business robberies. They were arrested after a police chase Jan. 3, 2019. (Source: SCSO)
Calvin Barber, Shaun Smith and Kenya Singleton are accused of a series of business robberies. They were arrested after a police chase Jan. 3, 2019. (Source: SCSO)

In the Mapco robbery, an employee told police a man entered the store wearing a black mask, pointing a gun and demanding money. The suspect took $50 from the registers and the employee’s purse, which contained her cellphone and various personal items.

Police say a white Nissan Altima driven by a woman entered the parking lot just before the robbery. The driver entered the business, went to the restroom and left. The robbery happened a short time later and after the suspect ran out of the business he got into the same car and drove away.

The police reports say the same thing happened at the Beauty Plaza where $3,400 and a cellphone was taken and at Metro PCS where $1,200 and two cellphones were taken. Police spotted the Altima Thursday afternoon, prompting the chase and subsequent arrests.

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