Five young people were arrested early Wednesday morning and face charges of theft, evading arrest and organized criminal activity after they stole from a north Fort Worth sporting goods store and led police on a long-ranging high-speed chase, police said.
The suspects are Princess Taylor, 17; Tianaja Williams, 20; Jocelyn Nelson, 20; Marshalynn Greer, 18; and Victor Ybarra, 18, according to jail records.
Several of them entered the Dick’s Sporting Goods location at 9356 Sage Meadow Trail just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, grabbed a “large amount of clothing” from the Nike section and ran to a waiting getaway vehicle outside, police Capt. Todd Wadlington said.
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They just happened to have been spotted by an off-duty Fort Worth police detective who was shopping at the store, Wadlington said.
The detective was able to read the license plate of the getaway vehicle and report it to 911 and a colleague in the North Division Special Response Team who was located nearby, Wadlington said.
The SRT officer found the vehicle and tried to pull the suspects over, but they fled at high speed, leading police on a chase that ranged through five police patrol divisions and the city of Benbrook, Wadlington said. Benbrook is nearly 25 miles from the Dick’s Sporting Goods the suspects are accused of stealing from.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers supported Fort Worth police in the pursuit, Wadlington said. Traffic spikes were deployed and the suspect vehicle ran over them, ending the chase in a traffic circle in west Fort Worth.
The five suspects were arrested and the stolen property was recovered. No one was injured. Detectives are trying to determine whether the suspects were involved in other crimes, Wadlington said.
It happened less than a week after police say Juan Castillo, 25, wanted for several felony warrants, led police on a long-ranging, high-speed chase.