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JCPD arrests second pizza store robbery suspect

Staff Report • Apr 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

A second Chattanooga man accused of being involved in a February pizza store robbery was arrested by Johnson City police on Monday.

Ledarius Keith Owens, 28, 4005 Highland Ave., Chattanooga, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated robbery after being released from Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department custody.

The UCSD charged Owens with evading arrest and driving on a suspended license in February.

Owens was apprehended by Unicoi County authorities with Martell Levon Jones, 26, 3818 Dorris St., Chattanooga, after North Carolina authorities requested UCSD assistance during pursuit of a red vehicle on Interstate 26 on Feb. 18.

Authorities identified Owens as the driver of the vehicle, which was the same color that witnesses identified in the pizza store robbery in Johnson City.

UCSD officers initially set up spike strips at Exit 46 and a rolling road block at Exit 43, where Owens struck a police car and concrete barriers along the Interstate.

The pursuit took officers to Exit 40 before both men were apprehended after the men tried to flee on foot.

The JCPD’s arrest was a result of a robbery that took place earlier the same day at Little Caesars on North Roan Street.

UCSD officers previously said the descriptions of Jones and Owens matched the be-on-the-lookout alert issued by the JCPD regarding the pizza store robbery.

Johnson City police previously said a man entered the pizza store, showed a gun and demanded money from the safe and cash register. Approximately $558 in cash and rolled coins was taken, police said.

Owens was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on $50,000 bond, and his arraignment was set for Tuesday, according to the JCPD release.

Jones, who was also charged with aggravated robbery by Johnson City police, was jailed on a $50,000 bond in February.

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