Two suspects arrested for armed robbery in Columbia
COLUMBIA - Two suspects were arrested Saturday following an armed robbery and chase with police. The armed robbery occurred in the 6400 block of West Highway 40.
An employee with the business located in the 6400 block of West Highway 40, which police did not identify in the news release Saturday, called police and reported having been robbed. The employee said a female showed a knife and threatened the employee with it, and a male suspect stated he was armed with a gun.
A deputy responding to the call located a vehicle occupied by a male and female matching the suspects' descriptions. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the vehicle refused to stop, resulting in a slow speed pursuit with speeds reaching approximately 40 miles per hour.
During the pursuit the vehicle drove through two yards and damaged a fence, before coming to a stop when the vehicle could no longer move. The two suspects fled the vehicle on foot and were caught by police a short distance away.
45-year-old Jerome Jackson was arrested for first-degree robbery, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, property damage, driving while suspended and careless and imprudent driving. His bond has been set at $10,500, not including the bond for first-degree robbery, which must be set by a judge and has not been set.
31-year-old Takesha Johnson was arrested for first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, resisting arrest, third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond has been set at $15,000, not including the bond for first-degree robbery, which must be set by a judge and has not been set.