Deputies seeking stolen Kia with suspects from an armed robbery in Nashville, Tennessee

9:49 a.m. update

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County sheriff deputies and local and area police continue to look for a suspect driving a stolen white 2016 Kia Sportage, who is believed to be armed and dangerous and wanted for an armed robbery in Nashville, Tennessee.

At 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Dylan
Prather initiated a traffic stop on northbound I-65, near the 76 mile-marker, deputies said.

The vehicle, wanted in an armed robbery in Nashville, Tennessee, fled from Prather and a
pursuit ensued.

The pursuit started I-65 northbound from 72.5 with a Honda Civic. The vehicle then
went southbound on US 31 to Lowell Road, and then back northbound on to U.S. 31.
Stop stixs were successful at U.S. 31and County Road 500N. The vehicle then continued northbound on U.S. 31 then northbound on I-65.

The vehicle crashed and rolled several times at the 80.5 mile marker in the northbound lanes off the east side of the interstate after trying to get around two vehicles on the interstate, deputies said.

Two males fled the vehicle. After a couple hours, a 16-year-old juvenile male was located at a residence on State Road 252, east of I-65 where he sought help for his injuries.

He was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries.

A short time later, sheriff deputies were dispatched to a vehicle theft at Waffle House in
Taylorsville. The male who stole the 2016 Kia Sportage is believed to be the same suspect  from the pursuit.

Deputies are continuing to look for a black male suspect (wearing a black shirt, jeans and a grey toboggan hat) from the pursuit.

Two police K9s, two drones and deputies from multiple agencies are attempting to locate the second suspect, but as of yet have not been successful.

The suspect being sought is believed to be armed with .45-caliber handgun.
“I want to give a huge thanks to all agencies involved”, says Bartholomew County Sheriff
Matthew A. Myers. “If anyone sees this vehicle or a person matching this description, please
do not approach – call law enforcement immediately,” Myers said.

ORIGINAL STORY

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to locate a stolen vehicle, a white Kia Sportage with license tag GCW271, looking for a suspect believed to be armed and dangerous.

Sheriff Matt Myers said the Kia was stolen from Waffle House in Taylorsville early this morning. If located, do not approach the vehicle but call 911 immediately to report its location.

The suspects being sought were involved in a pursuit on I-65 early this morning and are persons of interest in an armed robbery in Nashville, Tennessee.

The suspects did crash their vehicle during the pursuit early this morning and may be injured, Myers said. A juvenile suspect was located and taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The other suspect is a black male wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and a gray hat.

Myers said the pursuit began at 3:30 a.m. on I-65 near the 76 mile marker in the northbound lanes and continued as the subjects then went southbound and the turned back northbound. When off the interstate, their vehicle hit stop sticks near County Road 450N but continued back on to the interstate and made it to the 80 mile marker, where the suspects tried to go around two cars and flipped their vehicle multiple times, Myers said.

The two suspects then ran from the vehicle, but the juvenile was caught. The other individual is the suspect in the theft of the Kia in Taylorsville, Myers said.

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