Armed robbery suspect leads police chase through St. Matthews baseball field
An armed robbery suspect led police on chase through a little league field giving parents and spectators a scare.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An armed robbery suspect led police on chase through a Little League field Tuesday night, giving parents and spectators a scare.
St. Matthews Police say the suspect, now identified as 33-year-old Jonathan Detwiler, drove across the outfield near Shelbyville Road and the Watterson Expressway just after 5 p.m., knocking down two fences before hitting a third fence at an apartment complex.
That's where police say Detwiler ditched the stolen vehicle, and officers tracked him down at the apartment building where he was arrested.
Police say Detwiler robbed the nearby Frank Otte Nursery with a weapon before stealing a Best Buy employee's car. Investigators say he tried and failed to steal several other vehicles before driving through the field.
The president of St. Matthews Baseball, Jeremy Pearman, said several little league teams were warming up and some T-ball games had already begun.
“We took all the kids off the field,” Pearman said. “We told them all to go to the dugouts, just basically get out of the way, and we had police cars coming from every direction.”
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear was there helping coach his son's Little League team and said parents stepped in to keep everyone safe.
"We had responsible parents out here," Beshear said. "It's a great Little League, and they grabbed every kid close to them knowing that all children are all of our responsibilities and made sure that those children were safe."
Police say Detwiler caused about $1,000 in damage to the baseball field, but the league president says it is fortunate no one was injured.
“I’m just glad no kids got hurt," Pearman said. "No people got hurt and that they captured him."
Detwiler was taken to the hospital after complaining of neck and stomach pain before being booked into Metro Corrections just before midnight. He's charged with four counts of robbery, two counts of burglary, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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