Opelika police update: Suspect robs Jack’s restaurant, leads police on car chase; 2 men in custody

ariquelmy@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 31, 2012 

Two men accused in connection with the robbery of an Opelika, Ala. restaurant Monday night and led police on a car chase are now in custody, reports state.

Jeremy Blake James, 17, and Jamarcus Latrell Wilson, 18, both of Opelika, face first-degree robbery charges in connection with the heist at Jack’s, 1903 Pepperell Parkway, said Capt. Bruce DeLong.

According to DeLong, a suspect entered Jack’s about 9:10 p.m. CST Monday with a handgun. He demanded cash and ordered that the restaurant’s safe be opened. As an employee tried to find the code to open the safe, the suspect hit him twice on the back of the head.

“The suspect then fired a shot, and told the employee that he would kill him if he did not open the safe,” DeLong added.

Once the safe was opened, the suspect grabbed cash from it and ran from the store, police said.

Officers responding to the robbery spotted a SUV nearby. Its occupants were acting suspiciously, and police tried to stop the vehicle. The SUV then fled and officers chased it some seven miles away to Royal Park Estates, on North Uniroyal Road, DeLong said.

A passenger ran from the SUV, but the officers caught the driver, identified as Wilson. Police then found the gun they say was used in the robbery as well as some of the cash taken from Jack’s, DeLong said.

Through their investigation, police pegged James as a suspect. Officers contacted him and arrested him about 11:55 p.m. CST Monday, the captain said.

Wilson was arrested about 10 a.m. CST Tuesday and charged with first-degree robbery, DeLong said.

The case is under investigation.

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