Philadelphia police arrested two robbery suspects following a chase through North Philadelphia.
The ordeal began shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday when two suspects stole more than $5,000 in merchandise from a pharmacy on the 2900 block of North 5th Street.
"One of the employees, the female employee, was walking out the backdoor," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "I don't know if she was done with her shift but for whatever reason she was walking out the backdoor. That's when she was met by the perpetrator who had a gun and forced her back in and forcefully grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the ground."
After the robbery, employees flagged down Philadelphia police who then spotted the suspects inside a blue Dodge Charger on Lehigh and Aramingo avenues. When the officers tried to arrest the suspects, they sped off in the Charger.
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SkyForce10 was over the scene as the Charger sped through North Philadelphia for about ten minutes, weaving in and out of traffic. Police said the suspects tossed the stolen merchandise out of the car's window during the pursuit.
The chase ended on Janney Street and Allegheny Avenue in the city's Kensington neighborhood shortly after 6 p.m. A 28-year-old woman who was driving the car as well as a 27-year-old man who police believe was involved in the initial armed robbery were both arrested.
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"He has several arrest warrants," Small said. "One of them, he's wanted for a shooting that happened in the east division, right around here in the month of November."
Police have not yet revealed the identities of the two suspects or the charges they'll face.