JONESBORO — Police have identified the robbery suspect who died in a fatal crash earlier this month.
Lakita Davis, 35, of Memphis, was driving the car when officers with the Jonesboro Police Department and Arkansas State Police were chasing a silver 2018 Honda Civic they believed was involved in the robbery, public information specialist Sally Smith said Monday.
“Witnesses described the suspect vehicle that fled the scene and headed north on Southwest Drive,” the department previously announced online. “The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and crashed during the course of the pursuit.”
Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. A gun, shell casing and five ammunition cartridges were all owned by Davis, the incident report indicates.
The three other Memphis-based suspects – Tavia Jackson, 18, Tacorrion Golden, 20, and a 16-year-old male – were hospitalized. An incident report released Oct. 5 did not distinguish who was driving the vehicle or which suspects were hospitalized.
Smith said the JPD was aware of the other suspects’ condition. ASP is investigating the fatal crash, public information officer Bill Sadler previously told The Sun.
Sadler said Monday that the remaining suspects were transported to St. Bernards Medical Center for treatment.
“Once the state police begins a crash investigation there is no medical update provided to the troopers investigating the crash,” he said. “The only obligation medical personnel at a hospital will have is to notify the department should a crash victim die as the result of injuries sustained in the crash.”
The suspects made off with a a lighter, 5-Hour Energy pack, paper towels and laundry products before leaving the Dollar General, at 5431 Southwest Drive, the report states. Smith said JPD’s probe into the robbery in ongoing.
As of Monday afternoon, the surviving suspects have not been detained in the Craighead County Detention Center, the online inmate roster suggests.