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Armed robbery suspects lead police on high-speed chase

Posted April 30, 2009 6:59 p.m. EDT
Updated May 1, 2009 1:15 p.m. EDT

— Four armed robbery suspects led Wake County sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement on a high-speed chase from Johnston to Wake counties Thursday evening, the state highway patrol said.

The chase began after a robbery at the Alta Mobile Home Park,  1000 S. Lombard St. in Clayton, around 6:17 p.m., Clayton Police Chief Glen B. Allen said. While at least one gunshot was reported during the robbery, no one was injured.

The four suspects fled the scene in a green SUV, but Clayton police officers intercepted them. The officers attempted to stop the SUV in the driveway of a mobile home park, but the suspects drove onto Lombard Street towards N.C. Highway 70 Business.

The chase continued into residential streets and downtown Clayton before entering Wake County on Old Garner Road. Wake County sheriff's deputies joined the chase when it entered Garner.

The suspects' vehicle wrecked at Lee and Bragg Streets, near the Walnut Terrace neighborhood, 111 W. Lee St., where the driver got out of the vehicle and continued on foot.

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Wake County and Raleigh authorities took three of the suspects into custody immediately.

The fourth suspect,  Travis Lee Ferguson, 25, was apprehended a couple hours later, after police said he broke into a woman's apartment at Walnut Terrace and demanded she call him a cab, according to the arrest warrant.

Ferguson, of 3100 Holston Lane Apartment-A in Raleigh; Tony Daniels, 20, of 3271 Calument Drive in Raleigh; Reginald Lee Sutton, 24, of 1815 Cantwell Court in Raleigh; and a 15-year-old, whose identity was withheld, were charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Ferguson also faces charges of speeding to elude arrest and other traffic law offenses.

The adults were placed in the Johnston County Jail, and the 15-year-old was being held in a juvenile security facility. Ferguson was given a $40,000 bond, and Daniels and Sutton were given separate $100,000 bonds.

Clayton officers recovered a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was tossed from the suspect vehicle during the pursuit in Clayton.

The victim of the Clayton robbery, Dominique Theet, 24, said jewelry and a cell phone were stolen from him. All of the items were recovered after being thrown from the suspects' vehicle during the pursuit in Clayton, Allen said.

The suspect’s vehicle hit a Wake County deputy's vehicle at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and State Street during the chase. The deputy is expected to be OK, Wake County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said.