4 robbery suspects lead police on chase, crash out on interstate - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

4 robbery suspects lead police on chase, crash out on interstate ramp

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Erik Williams (Source: MPD) Erik Williams (Source: MPD)
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Four people are in custody after police said they robbed a Dollar Tree in West Memphis, Arkansas, and led police on a chase across state lines.

According to West Memphis Police Chief Donald Oakes, the four suspects robbed the store and were then chased by police across the bridge into Memphis. 

The car crashed on the interstate ramp leading onto Front Street. According to Memphis Police Department, the car was stolen from Little Rock, Arkansas.

After the crash and a short foot chase, Erik Williams, Latoyisha Brown, and two other juvenile suspects were taken into custody.

According to the manager at the Dollar Tree, one of the suspects went into the store and pretended to buy a Mountain Dew. Moments later, he pointed a gun at the cashier a gun and said "this is a robbery." According to the manager, the suspect demanded $250.

"It's really awful. What sense do you have to do something like that?" neighbor Takisha Mitchell-Jones asked. "Two wrongs don't make a right, plus you have kids involved. Come on now."

Jones said they deserve to be in custody and to face the consequences of the crimes.

"The adults don't have the sense God gave them," Jones said. "They need to be in trouble."

Police said they discovered the car was stolen after the chase.

"It's hard for me to see putting juveniles' lives in jeopardy," Stephen Patterson said. "That's insane. Really? A Dollar Tree? That's insane."

According to West Memphis police, they said one officer hurt his back during a foot chase on the bridge. Police said it is protocol to chase suspects across state lines when they believe violent crimes have been committed.

West Memphis police said they are in the process of extraditing the suspects back to Arkansas to face additional charges. 

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