Update: Police Release Names Of Suspects In Chase

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

A police pursuit ended with the arrest of three people who did not give up easily. Eventually, officers captured 30-year-old Patrick Cummings, 23-year-old Amber Gladden and 28-year-old Michael Hatfield.

Police had to search thick brush on a steep hill at 70th and Blondo Tuesday afternoon, looking for the last of the three arrested. Officers tried to get the suspect to surrender before they sent the K-9 in. There were some pretty tense moments as police tried to locate the third suspect in thick brush on the side of the hill.

In an attempt to escape from police the driver went over a hill and down a steep embankment. The three inside the car bailed out, two were captured rather quickly. The third had to be coaxed out of hiding.

A police officer using a loudspeaker said, “We have you surrounded, you need to speak to us now. Stand up with your hands in the air, announce your presence, do it now or we will send in the dog. You will be bit."

While officers hustled to get into position along the perimeter, others made sure St. Pius Elementary was locked down. Tylor McClinton got caught up in the chase and decided to stop to see what was going on. "It's crazy, like I knew it was something like a bank robbery or something because there can't be this many cops over a high-speed chase so I figured it was a bank robbery."

No bank robbery charges are expected, but police say the car matched one believed to have been prowling west Omaha neighborhoods recently. Officers say they developed information that a wanted person, possibly armed, was inside the car as well.

Even after the crash, the suspects did not want to give up. "Three parties fled the vehicle, two were captured immediately and then after a brief search with an OPD K-9 and NSP K-9 the third party was located," said Lt. Marcia Janucik. The suspect did not take advantage of the opportunity that was given to him and the K-9 was sent in.

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