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Names released following Dollar General incident, car crash

Updated: Oct. 5, 2020 at 7:15 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Jonesboro police released the names of those involved in a robbery ending with the suspects crashing, killing one Saturday night.

According to an incident report, Jonesboro police responded on Oct. 3 at 6:53 p.m. to a robbery in progress at Dollar General, 5431 Southwest Drive.

The Black Lives Matter Chapter in Memphis was informed about the incident shortly after it happened and retrieved the 911 call from Jonesboro Police.

Some parts of the call stood out to founder and organizer P. Moses.

Moses says that the incident was not a robbery, but a case of shoplifting.

In the call, the victim identifies herself as the cashier.

After speaking with managers at other Dollar General locations, Moses says that it is against Dollar General policy to pursue a shoplifter.

She believes that the first red flag was the cashier’s robbery report to dispatch.

“I would really like to talk with the young lady just to find out what was going on in your mind when you picked up the phone and decided to scream, ‘there was a robbery’. What did you think the police were going to do?” said Moses.

Moses says that she does not hold the police responsible for the incident.

“This is the first police department that I’ve been to that run things the way the police department should be ran," Moses said.

She does believe that Dollar General should be held accountable for the incident that led to Davis' death.

Four suspects were listed Lakita A. Davis, 35, Tavia Jackson, 18, and Tacorion Golden, 20, all of Memphis, Tenn. According to Sally Smith, public information specialist for the Jonesboro Police Department, Davis was the driver.

One suspect was a 16-year-old Black/African American male.

Merchandise stolen from the store includes a lighter, 5 Hour Energy pack, paper towels, and laundry products. The total value was only $30.

Police seized a black Glock 30, a Winchester .45 ACP shell casing, and three Winchester .45 ACP cartridges.

The firearm and accessories belonged to Davis.

The vehicle in the incident was a 2018 Silver Honda Civic.

According to a post on the JPD Facebook page, the suspect vehicle fled the scene and headed north on Southwest Drive.

On Saturday, 10/03/20, officers were dispatched to a robbery in progress call at the Dollar General, 5431 Southwest...

Posted by Jonesboro Police Department on Saturday, October 3, 2020

The driver reportedly refused to stop and crashed during the chase by Jonesboro police and Arkansas State Police.

A desk sergeant said ASP had to use a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver to get the vehicle to stop.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene, the other three suspects were transported to local hospitals.

ASP is assisting with the investigation.

Region 8 News will have more details as they become available.

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