Authorities pursue home invasion suspects from Germantown to Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Authorities pursue home invasion suspects from Germantown to Memphis

Police from Germantown and Memphis, along with Shelby County sheriff's deputies, pursued a group of home invasion suspects early Thursday morning.

Investigators said police received a 911 call around 2:30am Thursday about a home invasion and robbery from residents at home in Germantown's Bedford Plantation subdivision.

Homeowner Jeffrey Land, who said woke up to see a gun pointed to his face, had plenty to say to community leaders after the incident.

"Do your job.  What you're paid for," he said.

The fourth generation Memphian said it was time to face the crime problem head-on.

"The local city governments are on notice that that's a problem, and they're not taking any steps to do anything about it," he said.

According to Germantown Police, seven gunmen wearing ski masks broke into Land's luxury home, handcuffed him and six others, and stole cash and jewelry.

"We got a 911 call about a robbery at a house, and on the way to the scene, the officer observed the car leaving the area," said Germantown Police Deputy Chief Rodney Bright.

The officers gave chase, eventually pursuing the suspects into Memphis, where Memphis police and Shelby County sheriffs deputies joined the pursuit. The chase ended near the intersection of Keel Avenue and North Bellevue, where the officers were able to stop the car.

"There was a crash at the end of the pursuit here involving the van and a Memphis police squad car," Bright said.

The suspects jumped out of the van, but police dogs tracked them down, even taking a bite out of one suspects and ripping off his clothes.

The officer in the squad car was not seriously injured.  Meanwhile, Land said he could only thank God that no one in the house was injured.

"We're paying taxes to the local governments.  Memphis, Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville.  They have the infrastructure, they have the budget.  It's their responsibility to protect the citizens from things like this," he said.

Investigators said police found valuables taken from the home on the five suspects they arrested.

Two more suspects remain at large. They face charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and evading arrest.


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