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September 19, 2013

Police stop suspect after chase

Man arrested after allegedly robbing EZ-Way clerk at knifepoint in Athens

Athens — The suspect, in an aggravated robbery at an Athens convenience store, was arrested in Brownsboro Wednesday night, following a vehicle chase in which he rammed two Athens Police Department patrol cars, police reports said.

Jeremy R. Jarrett was booked into the Henderson County Jail charged with aggravated robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest and two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant. He was also wanted on existing warrants from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant Chief of Police Rodney Williams, III said APD received a call reporting the robbery at about 8:15 p.m. Officers responded to the call and saw a man, later identified as Jarrett, exit the EZ Way convenience store at East Corsicana Street at Wofford and get into a red GMC truck.

Officers ordered Jarrett to exit the vehicle, but he sped away from the scene. Police began to pursue the vehicle down several city streets, then eastbound on State Highway 31.

APD reports said the officers continued pursuit of the vehicle into the city limits of Murchison. Cpl. Dana Dykes deployed the tire deflation spikes, causing the suspect’s left front tire to go flat.

Despite the deflated tire, Jarrett continued eastbound on State Highway 31 with officers in pursuit. Shortly after entering Brownsboro city limits, Jarrett stopped in the middle of the road, put the GMC in reverse and rammed into the front bumper of Officer Marshall Passons’ unit. Jarrett then made a U-turn into a grassy median and began driving west on State Highway 31 toward Athens.

APD reports said that moments later Jarrett rammed Sgt. Jason McEntire’s patrol car.  The suspect finally came to a stop in the westbound lanes where Jarrett exited the vehicle. Officers ordered Jarrett to the ground, but he refused to comply. Dykes deployed a taser and was able to take Jarrett into custody without further incident.

Neither Jarrett, nor any of the APD officers involved in the chase, were injured. The clerk of the EZ-Way received minor injuries during the robbery.

At the time of the arrest, APD reports said Jarrett had a large hunting knife in his pocket that may have been used in the robbery of the EZ-Way. Jarrett also had cash, cigarettes and food items that were identified as taken from the store.

Jarrett and Marie Michelle Mingus, 23, a passenger in the vehicle, were taken to East Texas Medical Center Athens for medical clearance, then placed in the Henderson County Jail. Mingus was booked on a charge of aggravated robbery and held on $50,000 bond. Bond had not been set on Jarrett as of Monday.

Numerous APD officers and officers from other entities participated in the pursuit. From the APD, there were Lt. Bill Gurley, Detective Sgt. Don Yarbrough, Det.  Adam Parkins and Det. Chris Saylors.

APD was assisted by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Brownsboro Police Department and the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation into the robbery is ongoing and information gathered will be forwarded to the DA’s office.

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