Unicoi County

Car theft, robbery suspect leads police chase

ERWIN, Tenn. - A car theft suspect was arrested after a robbery at a restaurant in Johnson City more than a week later.

According to a press release from the Erwin Police Department, they got a report on March 8th that a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic was stolen. The victim stated to police they knew the suspect. At that time, warrants were issued for Ariel F. Muller, 27 for carjacking and theft over $1,000.

On Tuesday, the Johnson City Police Department were looking for a car connected to an armed robbery at La Perla Mexican Restaurant on South Roan Street. Police found the car, which was stolen from Erwin.

During the traffic stop, the suspect, identified as Muller, got away from police and injured Major Bill Rogers in the process.

Police said Muller led the Erwin Police Department and the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department on a chase through Erwin which ended on Norton Hollow Road.

At that time, Police say Muller ran into the woods. A female suspect, Abigail Scott, 24, of Hampton, Virginia, was arrested. Police said Scott has warrants for her arrest in another state and also faces charges in Erwin for child endangerment and criminal impersonation.

Police report there were two small children int he car during the chase. They were turned over to the Department of Children's Services.

Police used several surrounding departments and a helicopter to find Muller who had covered himself with leaves. Rock Creek Elementary School was locked down as a precaution during the search.

Muller is charged with carjacking, theft over $1,000, felony evading, assault on an officer, two counts of child endangerment and criminal impersonation. More charges are pending from the Johnson City Police Department.

Police spent Tuesday evening searching for items Muller threw from the vehicle.

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