Atlanta police arrested three robbery suspects Wednesday after a car chase that ended with the suspects crashing into a large tree.
The three people arrested – one man and two women – are believed to have been involved in three robberies that happened within an hour of each other on Tuesday evening, according to a news release from the Atlanta Police Department.
The first robbery happened soon after 7 p.m. as the victim was walking home from Piedmont Park on 8th Street. A man tackled him, pushing him into some bushes and took his silver iPhone, the victim told police. The man then jumped into a red car and left.
A second pedestrian robbery happened about 30 minutes later when a woman was walking to Chastain Park along Blackland Road. She told police a man got out of a red/maroon car, showed her a gun and demanded her phone.
A third victim told police she was jogging along Peachtree Battle when a red car pulled up. A women got out of the car, pointed a black handgun at her head and demanded her iPhone, according to the news release.
On Wednesday, Atlanta police got information about the red Kia sedan they believe was involved in all three robberies. Officers spotted the car traveling at a high rate of speed on Hightower Road near James Jackson Parkway.
Officers tried to stop the car, but it headed south and eventually ended up in south Fulton County, where it crashed into a tree.
The woman driver was slumped over and semi-conscious when officers arrived on the scene. She and a woman passenger were both handcuffed without incident.
The man jumped from the sunroof while the car was still moving and ran behind some houses in the woods. A police air unit spotted the man behind a nearby house, and officers arrested him.
Police found a gun wedged against the foot board left of the driver’s seat.
The car had been stolen out of Cobb County, officers determined.