|Ernie Jermaine Savannah, left, and Jeremiah Wright face charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, vehicular eluding and resisting arrest after robbing a Fort Collins, Colorado medical marijuana dispensary.
Robbing medical marijuana dispensaries is a really bad idea. Two Colorado men are in police custody after being accused of robbing a dispensary in Fort Collins and tying up three employees at gunpoint. They were arrested by police and deputies after they “sustained injuries” from the two law enforcement dogs used to capture them.
Ernie Jermaine Savannah, 39, and Jeremiah Wright, 40, face charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, vehicular eluding and resisting arrest, i.e., it’ll be awhile before these fellows see daylight again. They were arrested at Fort Collins Police Services headquarters on Sunday, reports Trevor Hughes at Coloradoan.com
The two are accused of robbing Herbal Wellness on Sunday evening A passerby reported seeing a man with a gun entering the store just after 5 p.m., police said.
“According to employees, two male suspects wearing masks, dark clothing and carrying handguns entered the store to rob the business,” said police spokeswoman Rita Davis. “A male employee attempted to flee and was chased by one of the suspects and forced to return to the store at gunpoint.
“Once inside, the three employees were bound and forced to lie on the floor during the robbery as the suspects stole marijuana and cash receipts from the store,” Davis said.
There were no injuries during the robbery, according to police. A man answering the phone at the dispensary Monday morning confirmed the robbery but wouldn’t comment further.
The two suspects fled after the robbery, turning into the Fossil Creek residential neighborhood, where Savannah bailed out of the car and tried to take off on foot. He was quickly taken into custody by police and K-9 Zorro at 5:20 p.m., behind Carpet Exchange at 5101 South College Avenue, according to official reports.
Wright drove off, with police and sheriff’s deputies in pursuit as he drove from Harmony Road onto Interstate 25. A deputy then performed a “PIT” maneuver, in which the suspects car was spun around after being hit by the deputy’s patrol car.
“The driver attempted to flee by placing the vehicle in reverse yet was stopped by the deputy’s patrol vehicle,” Davis said. “Wright abandoned the vehicle and ran down the embankment westbound on foot but was captured by the deputy and her K-9 partner. Wright was taken into custody at 5:20 p.m. just north of the old dog track by LCSO deputies and CSP.”
Two air handguns were taken from the vehicle, Davis said. Both Wright and Savannah were booked into the Larimer County Jail after being treated for dog bite injuries from the K-9s.