Robbery suspects on the loose

Brothers walked away from hospital

EASLEY — Two suspects in an Easley armed robbery are still on the loose after they walked away from Greenville Memorial Hospital last week.

According to Maj. Tim Tollison of the Easley Police Department, brothers Tevis Christopher Johnson, 22, and Terrance Anthony Johnson, 23, were receiving care at the hospital after a wreck during a chase following a robbery on Sept. 10 at 93 Quick Stop in Easley. The two walked out of the hospital unbeknownst to staff the following night, Tollison said.

“”The Easley Police Department’s first priority was to give medical assistance to both suspects, as they appeared by medical staff to be injured from the wreck following the pursuit,” Tollison said. “Steps were in place to take custody of both suspects upon release from the hospital. These steps have been the common practice for law enforcement in similar situations. Certainly these events have triggered a review of procedures that were in place and adjustments will be made accordingly for future situations such as these by the Easley Police Department.”

At around 6:58 p.m. on Sept. 10, according to police, two black males entered the 93 Quick Stop, located on Liberty Drive in Easley, and robbed the lone female employee at gunpoint. During the robbery, one suspect fired a shot from a handgun toward the clerk, but did not hit her. Witnesses outside the store said that the two suspects fled the store in a gray or silver Ford Taurus driven by a female. The suspects got away with an unknown amount of cash and merchandise.

A short time later, officers from the Easley Police Department and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office found a vehicle with three people inside matching the description of both the car and the suspects on Adger Road. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and the vehicle fled from officers. While the officers were attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver tried to make an abrupt turn off of S.C. Hwy 178 onto Ruhamah Road, striking a power pole and disabling the vehicle. Officers were able to take all three suspects into custody. All three suspects were transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital by EMS.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Rosa Lupita Martinez, 23. She was taken into custody after receiving treatment at the hospital.

The Easley Police Department has charged all three suspects with armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Martinez was also charged with failure to stop for a blue light and unlawful carrying of a pistol by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, according to online jail records.

Anyone with information about the Johnsons’ whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (864) 898-KOPS.