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Police search for suspect after chase

Tikka Starr says her van was hit in the chase. Tikka Starr says her van was hit in the chase.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are searching for a suspect who ran after crashing a car in downtown Savannah.

It happened at about 1:30 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and West Anderson Street. Police said it all started with a robbery on DeRenne Avenue.

Police initially said the chase was tied to a robbery. They confirmed late Monday afternoon that the two are not related.

The driver led police on a high-speed chase that continued all the way to MLK Blvd. and West Anderson Street. Police said the car hit a van and then lost control and smacked into a tree right in front of Frazier Homes. The driver and a passenger jumped out and tried to run. Police took the driver into custody; however, they were not able to catch the passenger who got away.

"The driver got out and ran and after a short foot pursuit, we were able to take him into custody and are still looking for the passenger who was in the car. At this point, it's in the middle of the investigation, and we don't know for sure if the car was tied to the robbery, but we are looking into it now," said Julian Miller, public affairs administrator at the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.

Police searched a large crime scene area in an attempt to find the other suspect. They are questioning the suspect that is in custody as well as possible witnesses in and around Frazier Homes who may have seen something.

A van owned by Tikka Starr, who lives at Frazier Homes, was hit during the pursuit.

"I woke up and I just heard a boom and then people started banging on my door saying my car had been hit by another vehicle," said Starr.

"I have five kids and I have job and Pooler. Now, I am stuck without a car," she added.

Starr said there are a large number of children who live in the area.

"All of us in this neighborhood have kids that walk. There are kids all up and down this road trying to walk to school. Thank God this did not happen during the day because someone could have been killed," said Starr.

At this time, police are not releasing a description of the suspect at large. No injuries were reported.

If you have any information regarding this crime, you are asked to call SCMPD or CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

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