DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A man is in jail, charged with evading arrest, kidnapping and robbery after an active day of crime in Dallas on Tuesday.
Police say Donnell Collins’ crime spree started at a Family Dollar on S. Polk Street in Oak Cliff. A worker told police that he used a duffel bag to shoplift from the store. Collins allegedly punched another worker who demanded he return the stolen goods. And despite another worker using a stun gun and trying to lock the 38-year-old in the store, he fled with the stolen goods.READ MORE: The Pandemic Closed Them, But On Monday Apple Reopened All 270 Of Its US Stores
Later in the day, at about 4 p.m., a Dallas patrol officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2019 silver Honda Civic in the 3600 block of W. Illinois Avenue for speeding in a school zone. When the officer had the car stopped, he saw 61-year-old woman signaling for help from the back seat.
The car then drove away from the officer, and he began to pursue the vehicle. After a short time, the silver Honda Civic crashed into a house.READ MORE: Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Gets 1st COVID-19 Vaccine Dose: 'I'm Trying To Show Leadership And Show The Way'
The female driver, later identified as 31-year-old Ashley Ellison and Collins fled but were taken into custody after a short foot chase.
Ellison was also charged with the evading arrest and the woman’s kidnapping. Police say Ellison and the kidnapping victim are acquaintances.MORE NEWS: 3rd Group Of Migrants Enter US At Texas Border To Be Processed As Asylum-Seekers
It was during the course of the kidnapping investigation that officers learned Collins had just robbed the Family Dollar on Polk Street a short time before the police chase.