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2 robbery suspects arrested following police chase

11:43 AM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
  • Natasha Hill, 21, of Knoxville is charged with aggravated robbery.
  • Zachary Taylor Whaley, 16, is charged with aggravated robbery, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, theft. He's also wanted on a theft related charge from Pennsylvania.
    
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(WBIR-Knoxville) Knoxville officers arrested two suspects accused of aggravated robbery, following a police chase that ended with a crash Tuesday night in northwest Knoxville.

Police said the victim sustained many injuries, including bruises and abrasions to his head, along with a stab wound in his hand. The victim told authorities that Zachary Taylor Whaley, 18, and Natasha Hill, 21, robbed his N. 6th Avenue apartment.

According to the victim, he and the suspects were talking when Whaley pulled a jacket over the suspect's head and started to punch him. When the victim fell to the ground, Whaley started kicking and stomping his head. Whaley and Hill took off with a small amount of cash and the victim's cell phone, fleeing the scene in a Ford Focus with a New York license plate.

Officers were searching for the suspect's vehicle in the Western Heights area, when the Ford pulled out in front of them. They tried to pull the car over, but when an officer approached the vehicle, the suspects sped away, traveling east on Oldham Avenue and turning onto I-275 N. Police pursued the suspects until they crashed trying to exit onto Merchants Road.

Authorities determined the Ford Focus was stolen from Pennsylvania and the license plate was stolen from New York. Officials took Hill and Whaley into custody without incident, and they're both facing charges.

Whaley was charged with aggravated robbery, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, and theft. He's also wanted on a theft related charge from Pennsylvania. Hill was charged with aggravated robbery.

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