Midland Police: Armed Robbery and Pursuit Ends in Jail Time 9/5/12
Midland Police Department
September 5, 2012
MIDLAND, TX – 09/05/2012 – On Tuesday, 09/04/12 at 8:05pm, officers were dispatched to a reported armed robbery in progress at The Eskimo Hut, located at 3215 W. Wadley Avenue. Upon their arrival, it was reported that the suspect(s) had fled the scene in a blue Lincoln Town Car with 26” after-market rims. At 8:08pm, officers located the suspect vehicle, a blue 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis, as it turned southbound onto N. Big Spring from eastbound on W. Wadley.
After the vehicle turned southbound onto N. Big Spring, officers informed a MPD dispatcher that the blue Mercury was resisting their lawful attempts at detention, voluntarily choosing to lead the officers in a vehicle pursuit. This vehicle pursuit lasted approximately 5 minutes and ended in the south alley of the 1600 block of E. Oak, when the driver parked the vehicle on private property and fled on foot. While arriving units were preparing to search for the outstanding suspect(s), an officer observed a subject at the front door of a residence matching the given description.
When this subject was approached a brief foot pursuit ensued. A short time later the suspect was taken into custody and identified as Sandy Walls, age 39, of Midland. After Mr. Walls was in custody, officers began arriving at the intersection of E. Pecan and N. Peterson to check the status of a pedestrian believed to have been struck by the suspect vehicle during the pursuit. After interviewing available witnesses, it was discovered that the victim was not struck by the suspect vehicle but, rather dove out of the vehicle on his own accord. Subsequently, additional units arrived and set up a perimeter. When the area was searched by K-9 officers, the outstanding suspect was located hiding in an adjacent garbage dumpster. The suspect was arrested and identified as Nicholas Johnson, age 19, of Midland.
Both suspects were transported to the Loraine Center where they were interviewed by detective, then transported to CDC where they were formally charged with Aggravated Robbery. The alleged weapons were recovered and found to be air soft pistols. Both suspects are currently awaiting bond hearings. This case is currently closed.