Germantown robbery suspects captured following police chase

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GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC-TV) - Germantown police arrested three suspects accused of robbing the Coach Store in the Shops of Saddle Creek Saturday.

The men were apprehended after police chased them through suburban backyards.

Police say the suspects forced their way into the store around 10:00 a.m. According to police, Alonzo Jones and Jonathan Redd stole several purses, ran outside and hopped into a getaway car driven by Lezerrick Brown.

Police pursued the men into the Poplar Estates neighborhood, where they left their car outside some condominiums and fled on foot.

Police caught Brown at the entrance to Poplar Estates Park.

"They had him in handcuffs sitting on the fence back there," said 12-year-old resident Zach Rogers.

Rogers said he went into his backyard to watch, but police told him it wasn't safe.

"He told us to go inside and lock our doors," he said.

Police continued to search for Jones and Redd.

Down the street, Chris Vanelli's wife was leaving for work.

"There was a policeman that turned around and yelled at her to get back in the house," he said.

The search continued until 2:30 p.m., when police caught Jones and Redd hiding in a backyard shed.

"As I pulled into the driveway, there were four cop cars in front of my house, " said homeowner Kim Douglas. "I could see the suspects in the cars."

Police told Douglas the suspects ran through her yard.

"I looked out our back window and saw our gate wide open - that's when your stomach starts to settle," said Douglas. "I'm glad I wasn't home. I'm glad my kids weren't in the backyard."

Devine Mafa, owner of Divine Rags, also in the Shops of Saddle Creek, says he was shocked to hear of the robbery.

"People understand if they come into this neighborhood, definitely they're going to get caught," he said.

All three men are from Memphis. Police did recover the purses.

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