3 in custody following 2 robberies and a police chase

(WISH Photo/Daniel Miller)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -A witness called it a scene of out a movie – a police pursuit on Interstate 70 involving dozens of police cars and an SUV.

Investigators are now trying to determine if they are connected to two robberies.

Police said the GameStop in the 10000 block of East Washington Street was robbed Tuesday afternoon. Police have said what was taken from inside, but whatever happened at the store had police hot on the suspects’ trail.

“We tried to execute a traffic stop and they did not obey lawful orders to stop,” said IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn.

The SUV crashed at the I-70/State Road 9 interchange in Hancock County. Investigators said they were pursuing the vehicle in connection to two robberies Tuesday afternoon in Marion County.

“There were some distinguishing characteristics about that car that led them to believe that,” Officer Wilburn said.

Police said the tobacco shop on Brookville Road was held up about an hour before the GameStop was robbed. Police said it was a Cumberland officer that spotted the SUV and followed it all the way to I-70 and Post Road where IMPD officers joined in on a chase.

“The vehicle refused to stop and led us on a pursuit,” Wilburn said.

But before the SUV sped off, police said the driver slowed down and a passenger got out and started running.

“Two IMPD officers broke off and engaged the suspect in vehicle pursuit at which time we believe a shot was fired by one of our IMPD personnel,” Wilburn said.

He said the suspect wasn’t hit. Officer Wilburn said the driver of the SUV took off heading east on I-70. Wilburn said that’s when they turned to proven tactics.

“He swerved to miss the stop sticks and wrecked his vehicle at this intersection,” Officer Wilburn said.

Witnesses said the SUV flipped several times and left debris behind. That includes several XBox One consoles police believe may be tied to the robbery.

The driver of the SUV and another passenger were both taken to Sydney & Lois Eskenazi Health to be checked out. Police said the driver is likely to face a preliminary felony charge of resisting arrest with the possibility of additional charges. Police said all the suspects will be questioned about the robberies.

Wednesday morning, IMPD announced the following three suspects had been arrested in connection with the GameStop robbery:

  • Amparis Thomas, 20, was arrested and preliminarily charged with robbery and resisting law enforcement.
  • Joshua Elliott, 23, was arrested and preliminarily charged with robbery and resisting law enforcement.
  • Vangelo Jenkins, 29, was arrested and preliminarily charged with robbery and resisting law enforcement.

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