Fayette County

After robbing one gas station, suspect hits police car in a stolen Jeep at a different station

Quantaveon J. Leavell
Quantaveon J. Leavell

An 18-year-old man suspected of robbing one Lexington gas station was arrested a short time later at another gas station after crashing a stolen Jeep into a Lexington police car, then leading police on a chase, police said.

Quantaveon J. “Baby” Leavell, the driver, and his passenger, Isaiah L. Bell, 18, led police on a high-speed chase before getting out of the stolen car and fleeing on foot.

Leavell was charged with two counts of first degree robbery and one count of receiving stolen property, leaving the scene of an accident, and evading police. The robbery charges stem from a robbery Tuesday at a Marathon station on Newtown and a previous robbery Feb. 28 at a Circle K station on Richmond Road, according to Lexington police.

A store clerk at the Marathon station told police that a man entered the store with a small handgun pointed at him and demanded money, before fleeing with cash in a red Jeep. Minutes later, police spotted the vehicle at another station, where one of the men was pumping gas. As police approached, the Jeep drove off, hitting the patrol vehicle and beginning the pursuit. Both men later got out of the Jeep and ran, but officers caught them a short time later.

A clerk at the Circle K gas station robbery on Feb. 28 told police that two men, one armed, took money from a cash register.

Bell was charged with receiving stolen property and evading police. The receiving stolen property charge is related to Bell being a passenger in the stolen red Jeep, according to Bell’s arrest citation.

Leavell and Bell are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Michael McKay: 859-231-1324, @hlpublicsafety