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Couple arrested after Ez-Way armed robbery, police pursuit

ATHENS, September 19, 2013--On Wednesday, September 18, at approximately 8:15 p.m., the Athens Police Department received a 911 call regarding a robbery in progress at the Ez-Way convenience store, located at 805 East Corsicana Street. The caller described the suspect as a white male, wielding a knife.

When officers arrived, they observed a white male, later identified as Jeremy R. Jarrett, age 26, of Chandler, exiting the store and get into a red 2003 GMC truck. Officers ordered Jarrett out of the vehicle, at which time he sped away from the scene. Officers immediately began pursuing the vehicle through several city streets, then eastbound on State Highway 31 East.

Officers continued to pursue the vehicle into the city limits of Murchison where Corporal Dana Dykes was able to successfully deploy the tire deflation spikes, causing the left front tire of the vehivle to deflate. The vehicle continued to travel eastbound on State Highway 31 East, with officers in pursuit. At that time, the officers were able to determine the vehicle had been reported stolen from Chandler.

Once the vehicle entered the city limits of Brownsboro, Jarrett stopped in the middle of the roadway, put the vehicle in reverse, and rammed the front bumper of Patrolman Marshall Passons’ patrol unit. The vehicle then made a u-turn in the grassy median and proceeded westbound on State Highway 31 East, back toward Athens.

The vehicle then rammed Sergeant Jason McEntire’s patrol unit and finally came to a stop in the westbound lanes, at which time Jarrett exited the vehicle. Officers ordered Jarrett to the ground, and he refused to comply. Corporal Dykes then deployed a Taser and Jarrett was then taken into custody without further incident. Officers also located a white female, identified as Marie M. Mingus, age 23, of Athens, in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Officers found Jarrett to be in possession of cash, cigarettes, and food items that had been taken during the robbery. The weapon that is believed to have been used in the offense, a large hunting knife, was found in Jarrett’s pocket. Both Jarrett and Mingus were transported to ETMC Athens for a medical clearance and then placed in the Henderson County Jail.

No officers were injured during this incident. The Ez-Way convenience store clerk received minor injuries during the robbery.

Jarrett is charged with Aggravated Robbery, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest, two counts of Aggravated Assault on Public Servant, and was also found to have local warrants from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department.

Mingus is charged with Aggravated Robbery.

Lieutenant Bill Gurley, Detective Sergeant Don Yarbrough, Detective Adam Parkins, and Detective Chris Saylors processed the crime scene and collected evidence.

Athen Police Department was assisted by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, Brownsboro Police Department, and the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation into these offenses is ongoing and will be forwarded to the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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