HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police and Madison County Sheriff's deputies worked together Sunday afternoon to apprehend a man suspected of several robberies in the area.
Police said 19-year-old Artavious Crutcher led officers and deputies on a two-mile car chase in a vehicle that was reported stolen, before bailing out and continuing to run on foot. Huntsville police initiated the chase.
Investigators said Crutcher only managed to run about 100 yards before being apprehended in the area of Sparkman Drive and Executive Drive.
They said Crutcher is connected to four robberies that have taken place recently; two each in the city of Huntsville and surrounding areas in Madison County.
Huntsville police said the incidents in their jurisdiction happened Sunday afternoon on the 6200 block of University Drive and the 900 block of Old Monrovia Road.
A handgun was reportedly shown to the victim at each location. During the University Drive incident, the victim refused to provide his wallet when asked. According to police, Crutcher hit the victim on the back of the head multiple times.
The victim of the Old Monrovia Road robbery was getting her 4-year-old child out of his car seat when police said Crutcher pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse.
According to authorities, Crutcher still had stolen items on him at the time of his arrest, as well as drugs and a weapon. Police said the victims positively identified the 19-year-old at the scene after his capture.
Police said the vehicle Crutcher was driving matches one reported stolen earlier from the Madison County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction.
Crutcher is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance from the Huntsville cases.
Additional charges from the other incidents within Madison County are expected.