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Robbery, kidnapping suspect caught after police chase near school

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis police caught a robbery suspect after he tried to escape near a school in Memphis.  Later, they determined he was the primary suspect in a Wednesday morning kidnapping at the Walmart on Austin Peay Highway.

Witnesses said a man and a woman zoomed down Vernon Avenue Friday afternoon as police followed close behind.

They said the car drove through multiple yards, broke through a porch, and later flipped in a front yard after crashing with another vehicle. The driver of that car was not injured.

"The car was turned over with the passenger side up," said one witness.

According to witnesses, the man then jumped out of the car and ran to Hazelwood Avenue. Police arrested the woman, but the man stole a red Mustang from a resident on Hazelwood.

"The man had his car running and went in the house to get items," recalled the witness. "When he went back to the car the man told him, 'No, do not get in.' He jumped in the car and took off."

The chase continued onto Grove Park Road, where, according to witnesses, the man drove the Mustang into bricks in front of their home.

"He had a cut across his head," said the homeowner. "He had blood down his shirt and there was blood all over the car."

The man then jumped over the back fence and dropped 10 feet into a drainage ditch.

"When he hit the ditch, he must have hurt himself pretty bad," the homeowner added.

Police later located and arrested the man inside the ditch after a K-9 officer found him.

The suspect was taken to the hospital and treated for non-critical injuries he received in both crashes and from the dog bite.

Police say the suspect will be charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault on a police officer, carjacking, reckless endangerment with an automobile, felony evading in an automobile, and traffic charges.

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