Police pursuit suspects face charges in Arkansas, Tennessee after crossing state lines

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Four people, including two minors, are in custody after West Memphis Police say they robbed a store at gunpoint and took officers on a chase.

It all started at a Dollar Tree in West Memphis.

”Oh my goodness," said Hattie Gatewood, who lives in West Memphis. "I was just hoping nobody was going to get hurt or killed.”

Police said it started around 9 p.m. on Tuesday when Erik Williams, 41, went into a West Memphis Dollar Tree with a gun and demanded money.

They said the suspect got about $200 and took off in a car with three others.

Two of the passengers were minors.

"It’s just shocking because this is one of the stores I do shop at, and someone coming in here and robbing, it’s just ridiculous," said Brenda Williams.

Police said a West Memphis Police Officer spotted the suspect’s car quickly, which turned out to be a Honda Accord reported to be “violently stolen” out of Little Rock.

”It’s something happening every night," said Gatewood.

West Memphis Police said they stayed on the pursuit into Tennessee since it was fresh and active.

They told WREG state law allows police to cross state lines with pursuits that involve violent felonies.

It ended when the suspects crashed into another car off the Front Street/Riverside Drive exit, shutting down the area for several hours.

”I’m glad they caught him, and he’s away in custody," said Williams.

In Tennessee, Erik Williams faces theft.

But in Arkansas, he faces charges ranging from aggravated robbery to endangering the welfare of a minor.

All four suspects will be brought back to Arkansas after going through court proceedings in Memphis.

The suspects went to the hospital after the crash, but have since been released and are behind bars.

Police said a West Memphis Officer also went to the hospital after getting hurt while going to the scene, but he is expected to be okay.