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Police: Muddied robber tries to flee scene in taxi

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Vernon Brown (left) and Dusten Thomas-Yount (Source: Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Vernon Brown (left) and Dusten Thomas-Yount (Source: Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Police said good Samaritans who helped two men jump start their car were robbed by the men at gunpoint before they fled the scene, leading officers on a chase Saturday morning.

Hendersonville police said two men asked the victims for help with their broken down vehicle along Dana Road about 2:20 a.m. After the car was jumped, the victims told police the men stole their money at gunpoint then fled the scene in a green Ford Explorer.

Police said they tried to stop the SUV on Spartanburg Highway with the help of Henderson County deputies, but the SUV fled. At one point, police said the passenger got out and ran away on foot while the driver rammed a deputy's car before also running away towards Meadow Park Lane.

Someone called 911 to report one of the men covered in mud trying to get away in a taxi at the Shell Gas Station on Spartanburg Highway while the other man was knocking on doors nearby trying to use a phone, police said.

Both men, identified as 27-year-old Vernon Brown and 22-year-old Dusten Thomas-Yount, were arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery. Police said Thomas-Yount was also charged with felony flee to elude and damage to county property. They were both being held on bonds at the county jail.

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