Crime

Robbery suspect flees into cornfield after high-speed chases

A Sunnyside armed robber managed to avoid being arrested late Monday after running into a corn field after a high-speed chase, police said.

A convenience store in the 400 block of Cemetery Road was robbed just after 11 p.m. by the man who showed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, said Charlotte Hinderlider, Sunnyside police spokeswoman.

The robber took an undisclosed amount of cash and then got into a gray Nissan Maxima and drove north on Cemetery Road, she said.

Officers responding to the hold-up alarm spotted the suspect leaving the area. They tried to stop the late '80s Nissan, but the man sped off.

The chase went onto Independence Road, where speeds reached more than 100 mph.

During the chase, the man attempted to crash head-on into the patrol cars, Hinderlider said.

After two tires on the suspect's car blew out near Dekker and Independence roads, the robber ditched the car and ran into a corn field, she said.

Tracking dogs and more law enforcement agencies -- the Washington State Patrol, Yakima County Sheriff's office and Grandview, Zillah and Yakima police departments -- searched for the armed robber but were not able to find him.

The suspect's car was impounded. No information about the suspect was being released Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the armed robbery can call Sunnyside police at 509-836-6200.

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