Two teenagers and one man were arrested Monday by Horse Cave police in connection with an armed robbery.
Police responded to a residence along Cave Street where the suspects — Tevon M. Warner, 18; Joshua Whitworth, 19; and Anthony Deweese, 20, all of Louisville — had brandished a handgun in the driveway of the home and were threatening the homeowner, her mother and her child.
Warner and Whitworth fled the scene in the homeowner’s 2016 Dodge Challenger. Deweese fled the scene on foot.
“They were just traveling through the area and started having car trouble and I think they decided they were going to steal a car to make the rest of the way on their trip to Miami,” said Horse Cave Police Chief Heather Childress.
There was no police pursuit that led to the suspects’ arrests.
“The police were behind them following at a safe distance,” Childress said. “There was not a pursuit when they wrecked. They saw the police and took off. It wasn’t an actual pursuit.”
Police officers found the car after it had struck multiple vehicles and a tractor, causing injury to two people who were taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance. The crashes occurred near the Caverna Board of Education Office at the Hart and Barren County line, she said.
Warner and Whitworth were in the car and were arrested at the scene. Deweese was located by police and also arrested, Childress said.
Warner was charged with DUI (first offense), operating a vehicle on a suspended operators’ license, first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property over $10,000, two counts of first-degree assault, eight counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), first-degree fleeing or evading police in motor vehicle, speeding 26 mph or more over the speed limit and possession of marijuana, said a Horse Cave Police Department press release.
Whitworth was charged with first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property over $10,000, two counts of first-degree assault, eight counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer) and first-degree fleeing or evading police officer in motor vehicle, the press release said.
Deweese was charged with first-degree robbery, receiving stolen property over $10,000, first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, the press release said.
All three were lodged in the Hart County Jail and are being held in lieu of $50,000 cash bonds each, according to the jail website.
Assisting the Horse Cave Police Department were the Hart County Sheriff’s Office, Cave City Police Department, Munfordville Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Hart County Constable Walter Bush, Horse Cave and Cave City Volunteer Fire departments, Hart and Barren County Emergency Medical services, the press release said.