Two men accused of robbing a medical marijuana dispensary with pellet guns were arrested Sunday after a wild car and foot pursuit, police said.
At 5:08 p.m. Sunday, a passing motorist called 911 to report he’d seen a man with a gun entering Herbal Wellness Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 6510 S. College Ave., Fort Collins police spokeswoman Rita Davis said Monday.
Dispensary employees told police that two men wearing masks and dark clothing and carrying handguns entered to the store to rob the business, Davis said.
A male employee tried to flee, but a robber chased the worker and forced him to return to the store at gunpoint, she said.
The robbers tied up the three employees and forced them to lie on the floor as the gunmen stole cash and marijuana, Davis said.
Arriving officers saw the gunmen flee in a 1991 blue Mercury sedan, heading north on College Avenue, she said.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver turned into a residential neighborhood on Fossil Creek Parkway, she said.
A passenger identified as Ernie Savannah, 39, of Fort Collins, ran from the car, Davis said. After a brief foot chase, Savannah was apprehended by officers and a police dog named Zorro behind a Carpet Exchange at 5101 S. College Ave.
The Mercury driver, identified as Jeremiah Wright, 40, of Fort Collins, drove off and was soon spotted by police and Larimer County deputies driving eastbound on Harmony Road toward Interstate 25, Davis said.
Deputies and Colorado state troopers attempted to stop the sedan, but Wright continued driving recklessly in heavy traffic, Davis said.
A deputy used a patrol car to do a Precision Immobilization Technique — or PIT — maneuver to force the Mercury into a spin, by striking the rear quarter-panel of the sedan, Davis said.
The Mercury spun out onto the center median and a cable barrier, she said. The driver attempted to flee by reversing off the median, but was blocked by a deputy’s patrol car.
Wright jumped from the car and ran down an embankment, but was captured by a deputy and a police dog, Davis said.
Evidence of the crime, including two Airsoft pellet guns that looked like real handguns, were recovered from the Mercury, Davis said.
Both Wright and Savannah were treated at local hospitals for dog bites and booked into the Larimer County Detention Center.
The men face charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and felony eluding, Davis said.
No employees were injured during the robbery.
Davis credited the teamwork of Fort Collins and Loveland police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers for the swift arrest of fleeing suspects.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to called Fort Collins police Detective John Pierick at 970-221-6880.
– Article Originally from ABC 7NEWS.