A man will spend more than a year in prison for being part of a group that tried to rob a woman of a $296 Fred Meyer gift card and leading a car chase on Interstate 5 in August 2014.
Dekhoryan G. Murray, 24, was sentenced to 14 months in prison when he pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree theft and attempting to elude a police vehicle. Another man and woman involved, Alonzale D’Shae Hutchinson and Lajsae G. Lyons, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, according to documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court on Dec. 1.
On Aug. 9, Murray, Hutchinson, Lyons and two other women returned merchandise at the Fred Meyer on Lakeway Drive and earned a $296 gift card, according to charging documents. As one of the women left the store with the gift card, Hutchinson and Murray demanded she give it to them, using “aggressive posturing,” according to charging documents.
One of the men took the woman’s purse, and the group dumped out the contents but could not find the gift card, according to the charges.
Murray, Hutchinson and Lyons then confronted the woman at a bus stop, where Lyons sprayed her in the face with Mace. All three grabbed at the woman’s clothing, searching for the card, charging documents said. The other woman in the group stayed away.
The group jumped into a car driven by Murray. He would not stop for three police cars that blared lights and sirens. The chase lasted for one-and-a-half miles, and police said Murray almost caused at least one crash before spike strips ended the pursuit. Murray had a suspended driver’s license and a warrant out for his arrest, according to the charges.
Lyons, 20, was sentenced to three days in Whatcom County Jail. Hutchinson, 21, will spend 90 days in jail.