Suspects arrested in KS charged with 3 counts of capital murder

Suspects arrested in KS charged with 3 counts of capital murder
Jamison Layne Townsend (Photo source: Geary County Sheriff’s Department)
Jamison Layne Townsend (Photo source: Geary County Sheriff’s Department)
Joshua Garcia (Photo source: Geary County Sheriff’s Department)
Joshua Garcia (Photo source: Geary County Sheriff’s Department)

GEARY COUNTY, KS (WLOX) - The suspects wanted in a triple homicide investigation in Jackson and for a jewelry store burglary in Pascagoula have been arrested in Geary County, KS.

Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf said Jamison Layne Townsend, 31, and Joshua Garcia, 35, were arrested Wednesday morning.

Jackson police said Townsend and Garcia are each charged with three counts of capital murder and armed robbery of a business.

Wolf said Townsend and Garcia are also suspects in a string of burglaries and robberies through the State of Mississippi.

According to Wolf, his deputies pulled over a Dodge Charger with no tag on I-70 around midnight. The suspects reportedly led deputies on a high-speed chase that ended with a crash on a dead-end road.

Wolf said Garcia took off on foot, but Townsend stayed with the vehicle. Deputies searched the area and found Garcia about a mile away from the crash, hiding in the back seat of a vehicle around 7 a.m.

Wolf said no injuries were reported, but there was some property damage at the scene of the crash.

Townsend and Garcia are being held at the Geary County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.

Pascagoula police said Sam's Jewelry Shop was burglarized on Dec. 13. Officials identified Townsend and Garcia as the suspects caught on surveillance video from the burglary. A red Dodge Charger was also caught on tape.

That Dodge Charger is what led investigators in Jackson to believe the same suspects from the Pascagoula burglary could be involved in a triple homicide investigation. Jackson police said three people were killed during a pawn shop robbery.

Gov. Phil Bryant sent a tweet thanking all agencies involved in the arrests.

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