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Alert passer-by provided getaway car's description


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GREENFIELD — Police have identified the three suspected armed robbers who led them on a 100 mph chase that ended with a crash in Hancock County Tuesday afternoon.

Police have arrested Amperes Thomas, 20; Joshua Elliott, 23; and Angelo Jenkins, 29, all of Indianapolis. The three face charges of robbery and resisting law enforcement.

Wednesday, additional details about the heist that prompted the chase on Interstate 70 were released by law enforcement.

According to police reports, it was an alert passer-by with a camera phone who made all the difference in helping police catch up to the suspects, who are accused of robbing two Indianapolis stores at gunpoint.

Police were called just after 2 p.m. to the GameStop in the 10000 block of East Washington Street with a report of a robbery.

The store manager told police two men wearing gloves and masks had just come into the store, pointed a gun at him and demanded all the money in the drawer.

The men left with the cash as well as five Xbox gaming systems, but not before the passer-by took a photo of the getaway car.

The man told police he watched the men walk into the GameStop store with masks on, so he took a photo of the vehicle they exited, according to police reports.

As a result, dispatchers were able to tell law enforcement to watch for a two-tone Mercury Mountaineer sport-utility vehicle missing a hub cap on the driver’s side rear tire.

A Cumberland police officer saw the SUV minutes later near the intersection of East Washington Street and Franklin Road.

The officer followed the SUV onto eastbound I-70. When it was apparent the SUV was missing a hub cap, the officer attempted to pull the driver over near the Post Road exit.

The driver of the SUV, later identified as Elliott, pulled over just long enough for one of the passengers to jump out of the vehicle and run. Police caught the man, later identified as Thomas.

The SUV continued east on I-70, at times exceeding speeds of 100 mph, before Greenfield police officers, alerted to the pursuit, laid down tire-deflation devices a mile west of the Greenfield exit to stop the vehicle.

The driver lost control just west of the Greenfield exit, and the SUV rolled and came to a stop in the median on the south side of the interstate.

Elliott and Jenkins were arrested at the scene.

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