Hammond police nab suspected armed robber after high-speed chase

Hammond police Thursday arrested a 32-year-old suspect in a Roseland armed robbery after a high-speed chase in which the man ran his car into a ditch, then attempted to flee on foot.

Timothy Berry, 1010 Varnado St., Hammond, was booked into the Hammond City Jail on counts of resisting arrest, resisting by flight, careless operation and no driver’s license, police spokesman Lt. Vincent Giannobile said in a news release.

Berry was later booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on counts of armed robbery and aggravated burglary, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s deputies told Hammond police about 2:30 p.m. Thursday about the armed robbery involving assailants seen driving a black Cadillac Deville toward Hammond, Giannobile said.

Hammond police spotted a similar vehicle at 4:45 p.m headed east on Magazine Street with a driver, Berry, matching the description provided by deputies.

An officer pursued Berry as the car turned south on to Morris Road heading toward U.S. 190.

He sped across the railroad tracks on Morris Road, driving around a car and running a red light at Morris before going south on Range Road.

Berry crashed in a ditch in the Arrington Place subdivision and officers tackled him as he tried to run away, Giannobile said.

Sheriff’s detectives later confirmed Berry was the Roseland armed robbery suspect, Giannobile said.

Berry’s front seat passenger, Gabrielle Fluker, was taken into custody after police discovered she had outstanding warrants, Giannobile said.