Restaurant Robbery Ends With Crash

(Memphis) A robbery suspect ended up in the hospital Sunday after he and his accomplice tried to outrun police.

Police say they arrested 29-year-old Demarqueli Smith after he and another man held up the Churches Chicken at Lamar and Shelby Drive and then led officers on a seven mile chase.

The chase ended in a fiery crash at Hugenot and Browning in Orange Mound.

Officers say both suspects bailed out of the car, but Smith was arrested in someone’s yard nearby.

“He was hiding in my neighbors bushes. That’s where found him because the police were standing right there,” said Latoya Scott.

Scott is glad she didn’t know at the time what Smith was wanted for.

“You know when you are running from someone you never know what they will do,” said Scott.

Police say just after closing Smith and the other man robbed the Churches restaurant.

They say they forced one employee to the ground with a shotgun and put a gun to another’s head before taking cash from the register and money employees had on them.

A worker who didn’t want to be identified says it’s likely the robbers knew their routine.

Police found nearly $1,000 behind the home where they arrested Smith and found both weapons at the crash site.

They are still looking for the second suspect.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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