4 arrested after armed robbery, chase

Four people are behind bars Monday, after police say they robbed a Sevierville business at gunpoint, then led officers on a chase.

Sevierville Police say the robbery happened a little before noon at a business on Winfield Dunn Parkway. Two men went into the store and one pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the worker's head, and demanded money from the register.

The men drove off in a silver car heading toward Interstate 40. An officer spotted a car matching the description and tried to stop it. When the driver wouldn't pull over, the officer began a pursuit, which ended when units from Sevierville Police, Sevier County Sheriff's Department, and Knox County Sheriff's Office stopped the car on I-40 westbound near the Sevier and Knox County line.

Officers arrested Christy Wilson, Blaine Rice, Natasha Robinson and Mark Rhodes on aggravated robbery charges. All four are from North Carolina.

Police believe Rhodes was the gunman. He also is wanted on robbery charges in North Carolina.


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