The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office played a pivotal role in capturing two suspects wanted in the Black Friday attempted robbery and shooting at the Wal-Mart on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee.
According to a report released by the GCSO, Deputy Joe Barnes was dispatched to U.S. Highway 27 South in Havana on Nov. 24 after a tow truck operator reported he had seen the 1992 green Toyota vehicle possibly involved in the shooting in Tallahassee.
Barnes spotted the vehicle and radioed the tag number to GCSO dispatch for confirmation. The tag number was a match, and Barnes followed the suspect vehicle north to the Burger King restaurant parking lot. He watched as the vehicle entered the restaurant drive-through.
The couple, later identified as 31-year-old Earl White III of Atlanta and 27-year-old Tiffany Leanne Yancey of East Point, Ga., left the restaurant and headed north on Highway 27. The deputy activated the emergency lights and sirens near Harvey’s Supermarket but the driver, White, began to increase his speed as Barnes continued to follow, according to the report.
According to the GCSO, the suspect vehicle refused to stop and turned onto Carver Ave. and approached a dead end at the old Havana Northside High School. The suspect made a U-turn and turned onto another dead end street, this time making a U-turn in a private yard. The Havana Police Department joined in the pursuit as backup after the suspect made the second U-turn.
Barnes followed the vehicle as the driver turned onto County Road 111 North into Grady County, Ga., where the deputy continued, with authorization, across state line in pursuit, reportedly reaching a maximum of 90 miles per hour.
The GCSO dispatch was kept abreast of the location and pursuit at all times and notified Grady County law enforcement and the Georgia Highway Patrol. GHP was able to lay out spike strips on the bridge to stop the vehicle. When the driver swerved to avoid the spikes, the vehicle collided with the bridge, causing the crash.
Both suspects were removed from the vehicle and are now in the Grady County Jail awaiting charges. They are charged by GCSO with fleeing and eluding law enforcement and reckless driving. Charges filed against the pair, who are both convicted felons in Georgia, by the Tallahassee Police Department include attempted robbery with a firearm, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.