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Rite-Aid Robbery Suspects Captured

Escalon Police were involved in a high speed chase that ultimately ended with the arrest of three suspects in connection with a robbery at a local business.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery in progress at the Rite Aid in the 1700 block of California Street about 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

According to reports from witnesses at the scene, two suspects jumped the counter at the pharmacy, stole prescription medications, and fled the area in a red SUV. Officer Carl Poortinga arrived in the area moments after being dispatched, and located the vehicle.

When Officer Poortinga attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the SUV, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Officer Poortinga pursued the vehicle to Stockton at speeds that exceeded 100 mph.

After the pursuit entered northbound Highway 99 from Mariposa Road, it was turned over to CHP. The CHP units continued the pursuit until the vehicle became disabled north of Waterloo Road.

The suspects then fled on foot, police said, and were later located and arrested with the assistance from the CHP and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.

Although no firearm was seen or located, witnesses at the scene heard the suspects mention that they were in possession of a firearm.

Police said three suspects, identified as Damaria Brown, 19; Tyler Davis, 27; and Myles Gilmer, 24, all from the Sacramento area, were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of robbery and felony evasion. Bail was set at $350,000. All three were still in custody as of press time for The Times on Tuesday, April 17.

It was later discovered that the vehicle the suspects were driving was reported stolen to the Sacramento Police Department at around 5 p.m. Wednesday, but had not been entered as stolen at the time of the arrest.

A black bag filled with items determined to have been taken in the robbery was also located in an alley in Escalon later on in the day.