Two Kansas City women and one juvenile were arrested Friday for robbery and assault at Kohl's in Jefferson City.
Officers arrived at 6:12 p.m. while the theft was in progress.
Jefferson City Communications advised the responding officers the suspects, three females, had assaulted several people while trying to get in their vehicle with stolen items, according to a news release from the Jefferson City Police Department.
Witnesses said one suspect struck and bit the Loss Prevention Officer during the encounter. He sustained injuries that required medical attention, according to the news release. No other individuals required medical attention as a result of the case.
Arriving officers obtained a vehicle description, including the license plate, and the information was broadcast to other officers.
Moments later, a Jefferson City police officer stationed near the Missouri River Bridge observed the suspects' vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect failed to yield to the emergency vehicle and fled.
The vehicle eventually began traveling northbound onto U.S. 63 toward Columbia. The pursuit continued north on U.S. 63, and a request was made for assistance from other agencies, according to the news release.
The Missouri Highway Patrol advised an aviation unit was available and heading to the area. Once the aviation unit was overhead, the Jefferson City pursuit was terminated.
The suspects entered Ashland where Ashland police pursued the suspects until reaching the intersection of U.S. 63 and Grindstone Parkway where the Boone County Sheriff's Department deployed tire deflation devices, according to the news release.
The three suspects were taken into custody and transported back to Jefferson City for processing. The $2,000 worth of merchandise was recovered.
Two of the suspects, a 24-year-old and a 29-year-old, are in custody with charges being requested for first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, stealing and felony resisting.
The third suspect, a juvenile, was taken to the Prenger Center and held for second-degree robbery, stealing and third-degree assault.
The suspects appear to have a history with the Kansas City courts, according to the news release.