MARYVILLE (WATE) – Two people were arrested Tuesday night after an armed robbery and pursuit that began in Knox County and ended in Blount County.
Robert Shanty, 44, and Daphanie Jackson, 39, each already had five outstanding warrants from the Knoxville Police Department. They will now be charged with aggravated robbery, fleeing, possession of a stolen vehicle. In addition, Jackson will be charged with driving on a suspended license.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says the incident began around 6:30 p.m. outside the Powell library, 330 West Emory Road, when a woman was robbed of her purse at knife point. The suspects drove off in a Chevy Blazer that had been reported stolen in Sevier County last month.
A lieutenant with the Major Crimes Unit spotted the vehicle parked near Martin Mill Pike at 7 p.m. They then sped off, with the lieutenant in hot pursuit, down Chapman Highway to Sevier Avenue and Maryville Pike.
Several agencies assisted with the pursuit, including KCSO Airwatch, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Alcoa Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol. The suspects eventually crashed on Alcoa Trail at Clayton Homes. They were taken into custody without incident.
Both suspects have extensive criminal histories in Knox County.