Area law enforcement continues to seek two suspects who were tied stealing a car and a gun, leading police on a chase through Millersville early Thursday morning.
It started Thursday around 1:00 a.m. when a Millersville officer tried to pull over a Mercury Sable on Bethel Road. The driver took off and turned down South Swift Road, which is a dead end.
When they realized they couldn’t go any further, the driver and three passengers dumped the car, jumped out and ran into the woods. The officer then called for back up.
“For his safety reasons, the officer stayed back because there was a gun in plain view in the vehicle,” said Millersville Assistant Police Chief Dustin Carr. “He didn’t pursue into the woods until back up arrived.”
South Swift Road was shut down as officers from several areas came in to help search for the suspects. Several schools and daycares were briefly put on lockdown. School buses were escorted by officers during their morning routes.
“It’s scary,” said resident Paul Evetts. “I got a text around 1:30 a.m. and then woke my wife up. It kind of shocked me. I went downstairs cut all the floodlights on and checked my doors and windows.”
During the police search for the suspects, a taxi cab pulled up. He had been called by one of the suspects, who was found by police hiding under the porch of a nearby home.
Two brothers, a 17-year-old and 18-year-old, were arrested and charged. A 15-year-old who came to pick up one of the suspects was also arrested and charged for trying to help them escape.
Millersville police say the 18-year-old was driving and had a juvenile crime rap sheet.
Meanwhile, two other suspects remain at large and are believed to be armed but no longer in Millersville.
“We had a dog come in and track a couple of people to I-65,” said Carr. “We believe they’re more than likely going to be picked up by another vehicle on the side of the interstate.”
Millersville police say they will treat certain juveniles like adults if they are caught committing crimes in their jurisdiction.
“There are kids that need to be rehabilitated and don’t have the right role models at home,” Carr told News 2. “Then again, there are other kids that get involved in gangs and they’re out committing crimes on a daily basis and this is what they do and they don’t care so I think they should be prosecuted just like any adult should be.”
Anyone who may know where the other suspects are at this time is urged to dial 911 or call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME. Tips to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
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