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Monday, March 31, 2014

Newport Robbery Chase Spills into Fort Thomas

Troy Currie. Photo source: Campbell County Detention Center. 

Martez Givens. Photo source: Campbell County Detention Center

At approximately 10:15 AM on Sunday morning, reports starting flowing into FTM that multiple police officers from various departments were scouring the hills and wooded areas in the 1800 block of Memorial Parkway with guns drawn.

According to Newport Police Chief, Tom Collins, that search was the result of a robbery that occurred on London Acres in Newport. Troy Currie, 45, from Cincinnati, and Martez Givens, 31, from Newport, were picked up by Newport Police after a 20 minute chase that started in Newport and ended in Fort Thomas.

"It wasn't a random deal," said Collins. "These two individuals knew each other for about a week. 

London Acres
According to Collins, Currie called Givens to pick him up in Cincinnati. After a short time at Givens' residence in Newport, Currie allegedly robbed Givens at gunpoint with a .22 pistol, taking $300 and an iPhone. Currie then made Givens undress to his undergarments and took his GMC Yukon, which he attempted to use to flee the scene.

That's when things got interesting. 

Givens, still in his boxers, chased Currie down as the stolen Yukon headed toward Fort Thomas. He was able to catch up and, according to Collins,  was able to get into the passenger seat and preceded to try and remove the keys from the ignition while in motion.

"The suspect lost control and hit a utility pole, which a blew a transformer. That's what caused the initial call (into police)," said Collins. "The robbery occurred during the Gorilla Run. There were about 15 officers from Newport, Fort Thomas and Bellevue in the area because of that and we were able to apprehend them in about 20 minutes."

Both Currie and Givens are currently being held at the Campbell County Detention Center. Currie was charged with 1st degree Robbery and an outstanding warrant from Ohio. Givens is being held for having outstanding warrants for shoplifting, falsely reporting an incident and failure to appear. 

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