Ottawa Franklin County sheriff's officers arrested four people after an armed robbery Tuesday evening and a chase that ended in Osage County.
The Country Inn Restaurant, located south of Wellsville on Interstate 35 at the LeLoup interchange, was robbed at 7:46 p.m. Tuesday by two men, and one was armed with a handgun, a news release from the sheriff's office said. An undetermined amount of money was taken, and a clerk at the restaurant suffered minor injuries when one of the robbers struck her with the gun. No shots were fired, authorities said.
Authorities said that after the robbery, an Ottawa police officer observed a brown Ford Bronco south of Wellsville on the interstate. The Bronco matched the description of the vehicle used by the robbery suspects.
The police officer followed the vehicle to the south edge of Ottawa, where it left the interstate and went into Ottawa. Franklin County Sheriff Rex Bowling and other sheriff's officers arrived and the Bronco returned to the interstate and a chase ensued at speeds that approached 100 mph, the release said.
Officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol, Ottawa Police Department and Osage County Sheriff's Department also participated in the chase, which ended in Osage County when the Bronco sideswiped a Highway Patrol car.
Authorities said the driver of the Bronco lost control of the vehicle, which overturned in the southbound lanes of the interstate and came to rest in the median strip. Four people got out of the vehicle. Two women were arrested immediately, and two men were taken into custody after a brief chase on foot. Authorities said all are from Kansas City. Mo.
Cash and other evidence from the robbery were recovered at the scene, authorities said.
The four suspects were taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa. One woman was treated at the hospital and released to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, one man was kept at the hospital for observation and was expected to be released later today, and the other two were taken to the Kansas University Medical Center and released to the sheriff's department at 7:30 a.m. today.
The three suspects were booked into the Franklin County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Bond hasn't been set.