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Police: Brothers wanted after leaving hospital, robbing Easley store

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Tevis Johnson (L) and Terrance Johnson. (Source: Easley Police Dept.) Tevis Johnson (L) and Terrance Johnson. (Source: Easley Police Dept.)
Rosa Martinez (Source: Pickens Co. Detention Center) Rosa Martinez (Source: Pickens Co. Detention Center)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two brothers are wanted after a robbery that ended in a car chase and crash on Tuesday, sending them to the hospital, according to Tim Tollison with Easley police.

Tollison said the suspects walked out of Greenville Health System on Wednesday night and one of the suspects was chased by a Greenville Hospital officer. He said canine units were called in, but were not able to locate the suspects.

Warrants for Terrance Johnson, 23, and Tevis Johnson, 22, have been obtained for armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, Tollison said.

Easley police said the armed robbery happened at the 93 Quick Stop on Liberty Highway on Tuesday. Police said the men walked into the store and fired a shot at the clerk during the holdup, but no one was hurt.

Police said the men ran out of the store and got into a car driven by a woman, identified as Rosa Martinez, 23. Online jail records show Martinez was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, armed robbery among other charges.

Police said they think the Johnsons also had some help leaving the hospital. Following their hospital getaway, Tollison released the following statement:

"The Easley Police Department's first priority was to give medical assistance to both suspects, as they appeared by medical staff to be injured from the wreck, following the pursuit. Steps were in place to take custody of both suspects upon release from the hospital. These steps have been the common practice for law enforcement in similar situations. Certainly these events have triggered a review of procedures that were in place and adjustments will be made accordingly for future situations such as these by the Easley Police Department."

A spokeswoman for Greenville Health System sent FOX Carolina a statement on Thursday night about the incident. 

"GHS does notify local police agencies when patients are medically cleared and available to be taken into custody provided that the hospital has a court order directing them to do so. While we cannot discuss any specifics of these patients' conditions due to federal privacy laws, these patients left the treatment area without being discharged. GHS patients who are not under arrest are entitled to the same patients rights as other patients in the hospital."

If anyone knows of the Johnsons' whereabouts, they're asked to call Easley police or Crime Stoppers at 864-898-KOPS.

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 "GHS does notify local police agencies when patients are medically cleared and available to be taken into custody provided that the hospital has a court order directing them to do so. While we cannot discuss any specifics of these patients' conditions due to federal privacy laws, these patients left the treatment area without being discharged. GHS patients who are not under arrest are entitled to the same patients rights as other patients in the hospital," said Robyn Zimmerman, GHS spokeswoman.

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