Police look for robbery suspects after I-65 pursuit ends on S. Madison Avenue

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UPDATE: State Police say they have detained two people regarding the overnight robberies and chase that ended on the south side.

State Police say one of the men detained was trying to charge his cell phone inside the Burlington Coat Factoryat Stop 11 Road and US 31. Employees called 911, and police responded and detained the man.

Another man was detained at a Phillips 66 gas station at Stop 11 and Madison. He was inside an Acura that was reported stolen.

Neither man has been arrested or charged. The multi-county pursuit began with a carjacking in Clermont around Midnight, followed by robberies in Seymour and Columbus.

Police say the three men suspected of robbing businesses in Jackson and Bartholomew counties overnight were driving a stolen Hummer H2 northbound on I-65.

Police pursued this white Hummer to the Berkeley Commons Apartments Thursday morning. (WTHR image by John Kofodimos)

The first robbery occurred around 2:30 a.m. at the Knights Inn in Seymour and the second at a Ricker's gas station in Columbus shortly after 3:00 a.m. Three masked men armed with handguns entered the store and demanded money. They left in a white Hummer H2.

A State Trooper and Columbus Police spotted the Hummer in the area of State Road 46 and I-65 in Bartholomew County, and the chase began.

These images, provided by State Police, show the alleged suspects robbing the Knights Inn in Seymour Thursday morning.

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Police used stop sticks to slow the northbound SUV near Whiteland, and the suspects got off I-65 and back on at Main Street in Greenwood, then exited again at County Line Road.

They eventually drove west to Madison Avenue, ditching the Hummer near the Berkeley Commons Apartment complex on Madison Avenue near Stop 12 Road.



Officers from Columbus, Seymour, Greenwood, Whiteland and the Indiana State Police were all part of the pursuit.

Police say evidence from the Columbus robbery was recovered in and around the vehicle.

Police from multiple agencies took part in Thursday morning's pursuit up I-65. (WTHR image by John Kofodimos)

The owner of the Hummer, Jeff Petri, is an Avon firefighter who came to the Madison Ave. scene to identify his vehicle Thursday morning. That's where he told Eyewitness News that two men threatened him at gunpoint around Midnight at a Speedway gas station in Clermont and took off with his SUV.

Police are still actively searching the area of Stop 12 and Madison Avenue, and say they have recovered one handgun at the scene.

The first suspect was described by police as a white male approximately 6-feet tall wearing a black hooded sweatshirt or jacket and black face mask.

The second suspect was described as a black male, 5'7"-5'9" wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, khaki pants with white tennis shoes and wearing a red knit hat.

Police say the third suspect was a black male approximately 5'5"-5'7" tall, wearing all black with a knit hat with red and white stripes and wearing gloves with red stripes.

All suspects are considered armed and dangerous. If you see them, call 911 immediately.

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