Dale pharmacy robbery suspects nabbed

From local sources

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knoxville Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Service caught the two suspects from Wednesday’s armed robbery of the Dale Pharmacy — 26-year-old Jacob D. Beyers and 27-year-old Mallory A. Johnson, both of Mount Vernon — in a Monday night hotel raid in Knoxville, Tenn., that followed a wild afternoon pursuit in the city that left several people hurt.

At 4:52 p.m., a Knoxville officer stopped the white, 2005 Toyota Camry that Beyers was driving for a registration violation. When the officer began to question Beyers because the identification he presented did not resemble him, the driver fled.

Police said Beyers’ Camry kept going after it struck a 2004 Ford Taurus. A 7-year-old passenger in the Taurus suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Knoxville children’s hospital.

Bystanders at a couple of points along the chase pointed the way for the officer who was in pursuit.
A second wreck occurred when Beyers ran a red light and his Camry struck a 2005 Chrysler 300.
The adult driver and a 5-year-old passenger in the Chrysler were transported by ambulance to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Knoxville police said.

The pursuing officer later found the Camry disabled and unoccupied on a sidewalk.

At 8:19 p.m., Knoxville police assisted members of the U.S. Marshals Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force in a raid at a Motel 6 in Knoxville where Beyers and Johnson were taken into custody on the Spencer County robbery warrants.

Beyers told officers he fled earlier in the day because of the outstanding warrant.

Beyers and Johnson, aka Mallory A. Potts, are being held without bond on the Indiana warrants.
Knoxville police said Beyers also will have to answer to Tennessee charges that include evading arrest, reckless driving, leaving the scene of injury accidents, plus other traffic charges.

Indiana State Police are thanking tipsters, saying that without the public’s help, identifying and locating Beyers and Johnson would have been a lot more difficult.

Beyers is alleged to have gone in the 5 N. Washington St. pharmacy in Dale at 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday, displayed a handgun and demanded prescription medication.

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