UPDATE: Both suspects arrested after gas station robbery in Mt. Pleasant leads to chase and manhunt
Updated: 5:25 p.m. September 26, 2018
KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- One of the suspects, 19-year-old George Lark ,walked into AAA Tentmasters just before noon Wednesday. The stolen truck he was in crashed outside the business the night before, but Lark returned to the scene hours later to ask to use the the business’s phone while police were searching for him.
“I said yeah sure you can use the phone, and I put my secretaries in the back room and gave him the phone to use,” Alan Nowakowski, AAA Tentmasters Owner, said.
Nowakowski knew that police were looking for the two suspects in the area and immediately knew it was one of the guys. He said the suspect was dirty and looked like he had spent the night outside in the fields. Nowakowski told one of his secretaries to call police, while another employee who’s also a bouncer, kept an eye on the suspect. He said the first person Lark called was his mother.
“I could hear the conversation,” Christopher Montes, AAA Tentmasters employee said, “It was obvious his mom didn’t know what was going on, but that’s who he called… he went to call mama.”
Montes says the suspect was asking his mom for phone numbers. Shortly after the phone call, police walked in and arrested him.
“He was just ready to be done,” Montes said describing the suspect. “You could tell. His demeanor didn’t change.”
The Kenosha County Sheriff has identified the other suspect as 19-year-old Dezerric Pitts from Kankakee. They say he tried to break into a house on Wilmot Road around 4 a.m. The house is just about a block from where the crash happened after the chase. The homeowner fired shots at him. Pitts was later caught riding a bike down I-94 around 7 a.m. The Sheriff said his leg was wounded and that he had a warrant for his arrest for attempted murder in Illinois.
“This is not your Eagle Scout,” Sheriff David Beth said. “This is not the kid you want coming knocking on your door selling cookies. This is a guy who’s tried to kill someone before. I’m thankful that he’s now in custody.”
The two suspects are now in the custody of Mount Pleasant Police. They have not been charged yet.
Updated: 3:11 p.m. September 26, 2018
KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The second suspect has been identified as 19-year-old George Lark IV, also of Illinois.
Both suspects have been released into the custody of Mount Pleasant Police for charges after the robbery.
Updated: 12:22 p.m. September 26, 2018
KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Just before noon Thursday morning the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department arrested a second person matching the description of the suspect.
The suspect asked to use the phone at a business near the scene where the chase ended. He is being questioned by investigators.
Although authorities believe the person arrested is the suspect they were looking for they are still asking residents to remain diligent.
The first suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Dezerric Pitts from Kankakee, Illinois. The second suspect is not cooperating with police and has not even told them his name.
Updated: 8:16 a.m. September 26, 2018
KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Kenosha County authorities have portions of Wilmot Road closed after an overnight armed robbery and police chase in Mount Pleasant.
According to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department, deputies were called to help with a high-speed chase following an armed robbery involving a stolen car at a Mount Pleasant gas station around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. After a Mount Pleasant Police squad car collided with the suspect vehicle in the area of CTH MB in Kenosha County, the two suspects ran away.
Deputies and officers set up a perimeter and searched the area. K9's were also used to try and track the suspects.
Around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, a Bristol resident called police to report that someone had tried to get inside his home in the area of Wilmot Road and 136th Avenue. Police say the resident armed himself with a gun and fired shots at the suspect who ran away.
Deputies and officers continued the search, notifying area residents and informing area schools.
At 7:40 a.m., a man was seen riding a bicycle on I-94 and taken into custody for an arrest warrant through Illinois. The person told the arresting deputy that he had been shot. The man was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Investigators say one suspect is still at large and law enforcement is still continuing their search.
The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department says anyone who sees anything suspicious should call 911. The Sheriff's Department held a press conference Wednesday morning:
Posted: 4:25 a.m. September 26, 2018
MT. PLEASANT (CBS 58) – The search is on for two suspects in Kenosha County, following a robbery and chase in Mt. Pleasant.
Police were initially dispatched for reports of an armed robbery at a gas station near Washington Ave. and Warwick Way in Mt. Pleasant. According to police, two black males, armed with handguns, robbed the Willkomm Mobil gas station and fled in a red Chevrolet pick-up truck heading westbound on Washington Ave. No shots were fired during the incident.
Mt. Pleasant officers located the vehicle entering I-94 southbound. The vehicle was determined to be stolen out of Aroma Park, IL, and officers tried to stop the vehicle. The suspects fled at a high rate of speed.
With assistance from the Kenosha Sheriff's Department, spike strips were deployed and struck the suspect’s passenger side tire. The vehicle continued southbound, while driving on the rim and eventually exited the interstate westbound on Wilmot Rd.
While continuing the pursuit at low speeds, the suspects tried to turn around in a local business near County Highway MB and Wilmot Rd. in Kenosha. While traveling at low speeds in the grassy area, a Mt. Pleasant officer hit the suspects’ vehicle into a tree line to end the pursuit. The occupants fled northeast into a wooded area and a perimeter was established.
Mt. Pleasant Police were assisted in their search by Kenosha Sheriff’s Department, Pleasant Prairie Police Department, Racine County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
K9’s were used to track the suspects and local residents were notified about the suspects.
According to Police, at this time, the suspects are still at large and are considered armed and dangerous.