Crime

Two teens arrested after police chase; they're suspects in robbery at skate park

A juvenile suspect sat in back of police car Thursday in the WLEX-TV parking lot, off Russell Cave Road, in Lexington. Two robbery suspects led police on a chase, culminating in the suspects fleeing their vehicle and hiding in woods behind the TV station. Photo by David Perry | Staff
A juvenile suspect sat in back of police car Thursday in the WLEX-TV parking lot, off Russell Cave Road, in Lexington. Two robbery suspects led police on a chase, culminating in the suspects fleeing their vehicle and hiding in woods behind the TV station. Photo by David Perry | Staff HERALD-LEADER

Two male juveniles in a stolen truck led police on a chase that reached 70 mph in north Lexington on Thursday, police said.

The teens, 15 and 17, were caught shortly after noon. They face many possible charges, including robbery, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing from police and receiving stolen property, Lt. Mark Brand said. Detectives were interviewing them at police headquarters Thursday afternoon.

The chase began after an armed robbery at Woodland Skate Park about 11:40 a.m. Brand said one of the juveniles allegedly pointed a handgun at another person and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Witnesses told police the teens drove away in a blue Chevrolet Silverado.

Minutes later, police spotted the truck near Bryan Station High School. As the chase sped through that area, police contacted school law enforcement officers to warn them, Brand said.

Bryan Station high and middle schools were placed on "heightened alert" while the cars were in the area, Fayette County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said.

The pursuit led police down several streets, including Winchester Road, Eastland and New Circle Road.

The teens crashed into at least two vehicles, including a police cruiser, during the pursuit. When the chase reached 70 mph, police called off the pursuit, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

Shortly after police lost sight of the truck, it crashed on Loudon Avenue, Brand said. The teens got out of the truck and ran into a wooded area near Loudon Avenue and Russell Cave Road.

Police circled the area and found and arrested the suspects a short distance away in a wooded area on the property of WLEX-TV on Russell Cave Road.

No injuries were reported in the robbery or subsequent chase.

By policy, Lexington police do not typically chase suspects unless they are thought to have been involved in a violent crime.

"With violent felonies, there's an urgent need to apprehend them," Brand said. "The speeds were low through most of the pursuit, so we felt comfortable tracking them."

Police do not release juveniles' names.

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