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Robbery suspect arrested after chase into southern Indiana

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A car matching this description led police on a lengthy chase through Louisville and southern Indiana. A car matching this description led police on a lengthy chase through Louisville and southern Indiana.
LMPD said the suspect has committed more than dozen robberies. LMPD said the suspect has committed more than dozen robberies.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a lengthy chase through Louisville and Floyd County, LMPD arrested a suspect wanted in several robberies.

A spokesperson for LMPD confirms Robert Ellis II is the same man who was wanted for stealing purses from women at gas stations.

The chase ended around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in a field off St. Joseph Road and State Road 60 in northern Floyd County near Sellersburg. The chase went from Louisville onto I-64 into Indiana, then onto I-265 and then onto several city and county roads in and around New Albany. 

At the intersection of St. Joseph Road and State Road 111, the suspect, Robert Ellis II, ran over spike strips that were set by officers. His tire deflated, and he drove into an open field where the chase ended.

"There were three cop cars that had him pinned in, there were 15-20 other cop cars in the field. I had 15-20 more (police officers) sitting in my driveway," said Mark Renn, who owns the farm where the chase ended.

The description of the vehicle involved in the chase matched the one LMPD said was connected to a suspect wanted for more than a dozen robberies. During a news conference Thursday afternoon, LMPD said that while people were pumping gas, Ellis would pull up next to cars, try the drivers side or passenger doors, grab a purse or bag then get back in his car and take off.

One woman was robbed Wednesday at a Thornton's in Fern Valley. 

"I ran around the car and got in front of his truck ... and he drove away," the woman said. "He took my purse, he took my iPhone 6S and he took my makeup bag."

The latest theft happened Thursday morning in Middletown.

Ellis was taken to a nearby hospital. He was eventually taken to the Floyd County Jail in New Albany. LMPD is conducting its own investigation to determine what charges he'll face in Louisville.

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