The suspect's car crashed into a Farley Avenue home. (July 12, 2012/Spartanburg Public Safety Dept.)
From left to right: James Johnson Jr. and Jalek Miller (Spartanburg Public Safety Dept.)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Spartanburg police said they arrested two men who robbed a Family Dollar store Thursday night then crashed their getaway car before being found by officers.
Officers were called to the store on West Main Street about 9 p.m., where the two men had robbed several people at gunpoint then fled in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala.
When officers spoke with the victims, they were told one of the men held two clerks at gunpoint while taking the cash the manager had been counting for the night. They said he also took their cell phones.
Then the man forced the clerk to go to the safe while the other man armed with a long gun closed and locked the front doors, police said. One of the men made the clerk get on the floor while he took the cash and they fled out the back door, police said.
Cops responded, and when the suspects saw them, they rammed the officer's car by backing into it, police said. Officers tried to pull them over, but they said the men continued to flee.
During the chase, police said one of the men threw a long gun out the car's window.
Police said the suspects then drove down Wofford Street toward Farley Avenue before crashing into a home near Arch Street.
The suspects fled on foot but were caught a short time later, police said. Jalek Miller, 22, and James Johnson Jr., 27, were arrested.
Miller broke his arm in the crash and was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment. No one else was injured during the incident.
Johnson Jr. was charged with attempted murder, five counts of kidnapping, driving under suspension third offense, possession of a stolen pistol, two counts of attempted armed robbery, four counts of armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and failure to stop for blue lights.
Miller was charged with five counts of kidnapping, possession of a stolen pistol, two counts of attempted armed robbery, four counts of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Several people were in the store and held at gunpoint during the robbery, including an 11-year-old child, police said. A judge denied both men bond Friday.
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