Armed robbery suspects prompt chase, crash - - Jackson, MS

Armed robbery suspects prompt chase, crash

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - "I wasn't doing nothing," said armed robbery suspect James Gray Jr. as Jackson police loaded him into a squad car Saturday morning.

It ended a wild ride for Jackson Police, two armed robbery suspects, and a Jackson man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Some time around 9 a.m. Saturday, police received a call about an armed robbery at the Family Dollar store on Hanging Moss Road near Nakoma Drive. A chase on I-220 and Capitol Street ended when Chris Hansford crashed a gold Chrysler into a white car driven by Derrick Robinson.

Hansford, from the back of a separate patrol car, told WLBT News he did nothing to prompt the chase or the arrest.  "I was fixin' to take my kid something to eat," he said.  "I was scared."

Robinson spent some time talking to police outside his crashed car, then talked to us. "I'm right here at the stop sign, police chasing them, blazin'. They're just trying to make this turn, they weren't gonna make it," he said of the crash. 

Lawson Veal watched it unfold from his porch on Fredrica Avenue. "(The Chrysler) was driving pretty fast. Couldn't make the turn. Hit that car. Spun him around. They jump out, run through the woods," Veal said.

The suspect took out a stop sign as they came to a stop in the Chrysler, which is not registered to either one of them.  Police believe it's registered to Hansford's girlfriend.

"My step daughter came out, said police fired at (Hansford). The guy just got down on the ground," Veal said.

Hansford did not appear to be hit.

About an hour after Hansford was apprehended, police tracked down James Gray Jr. and loaded him into a separate patrol car. No one appeared seriously hurt in the incident that's left people shaken up and frustrated.

"Can you get used to it? I can't," Veal said.

"They do anything. Rob, shoot, kill, whatever they wanna do," said Robinson. "It's fair play. Now me, I'm almost dead. If I hadn't have thought to hit the gas, try to keep them from hitting me solid, I wouldn't be standing here talking to y'all right now. Put 'em in jail. Keep 'em in jail." 

No word on any additional charges for Hansford and Gray.

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