Suspect fleeing traffic stop hits police car on St. Croix


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ST. CROIX - A police officer and a suspect sustained minor injuries on Friday afternoon, after a vehicle that police believe may have been involved in a William's Delight robbery earlier in the day tried to flee during a traffic stop, police said.

The robbery at E-Z Tool Rentals was reported at 12:39 p.m. Friday.

V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said that a man walked into the business and robbed it at gunpoint. No one was injured, and the robber got away with approximately $150 to $200, according to Rames.

Police issued an all-points bulletin for a vehicle in connection with the robbery.

An officer who believed he had spotted the vehicle in the Peter's Rest area about an hour later tried to make a traffic stop, Rames said.

"However, the vehicle attempted to flee," she said. While trying to get away, the vehicle hit the police car, she said.

The officer suffered a slight injury to his head in the collision, while one of the men in the vehicle also received minor injuries in the collision, according to Rames.

Both were taken to Luis Hospital for treatment, she said.

Police apprehended two other men who were in the vehicle, she said. On Friday afternoon, she did not have the names or ages of the men or information about whether they had been charged.

Evidence was collected from the vehicle and the investigation is continuing, she said.

- Contact Joy Blackburn at 714-9145 or email jblackburn@dailynews.vi.

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