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Robbery suspect arrested after police chase
A Stafford man wanted for an armed robbery in North Carolina was arrested Monday following an incident that included two foot chases and two rammed police cruisers, police said.
Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said his department had gotten information that a man wanted in Raleigh, N.C. and in Manassas on a probation violation might be back in Stafford. A deputy spotted a suspect vehicle about 8:23 p.m. heading north on U.S. 1 and called for backup as he followed it.
A traffic stop was initiated, and the 2013 Dodge Stratus pulled into the parking lot of Taylor’s Grocery in the area of 3306 Jefferson Davis Highway. Three deputies with their emergency lights flashing boxed the vehicle in.
Decatur said the driver suddenly accelerated into 1st Sgt. Robbie Grella’s cruiser, forcing both left tires off the ground, then struck the left side of Deputy Vernon Galyen’s car. He also struck two vehicles at the adjacent Kargar Motors before the driver and his passenger bailed out of the rental car and began running in different directions.
Gaylen chased the driver, who is the armed robbery suspect, on foot and Grella used his damaged cruiser to cut him off, Decatur said. He eventually dove headfirst over a guardrail before being caught and taken into custody.
During the chase, Decatur said, the man discarded individually wrapped packets of crack cocaine and a substantial amount of money.
Shawn Maurice Asbury, 37, of Stafford was charged with malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, eluding police, driving on a suspended license and two counts of felony destruction of property. Decatur said the malicious wounding charge against Asbury, who is wanted in Prince William and Raleigh, stems from injuries suffered by Galyen that required treatment at Mary Washington Hospital.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chris Brown caught the fleeing passenger and took him into custody.
Jamel Clifton Allen, 36, of Holly Hill, S.C., was charged with possession of cocaine and giving false identity to law enforcement.
Both men were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.