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Suspected accomplice of costumed robber identified

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MURRAY — Police have identified a woman who they believe may have been involved in a restaurant robbery, carjacking and shootout with an officer Saturday night. She and a costumed accomplice are still on the run.

Murray police officer Kenny Bass said investigators were able to confirm that Sandra Chotia-Thompson, 40, was operating a vehicle just before the vehicle was used in a robbery of the Scaddy's restaurant at 5430 S. 900 East.

Shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, a man wearing a dark trench coat, glasses and fake nose entered the restaurant and robbed it at gunpoint. The general manager said the man was in a Charlie Chaplain costume, and was even wearing a grey tophat.

He then left in a vehicle that was waiting outside and being driven by a woman.

Soon after, a police officer saw a man who matched the robber's description entering a Family Dollar store. When the officer approached him, the man fled, prompting the officer to chase him down 1300 South.

Suspect description

The man is described as a white male in his early 20s, roughly 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Murray police at 801-840-4000.

Before entering a waiting vehicle, the man fired three shots at the officer, who returned fire, police said. No one was hit.

The man and woman then drove around the block, abandoned their vehicle and carjacked a man who was getting into his silver Dodge Caliber that was parked in his garage near 6150 S. 1300 East, Bass said.

"It could have been tragic," Bass said. "It started off extremely dangerous. It could have been tragic with the officer getting hit, it could have been tragic with anybody else being hit."

Officers have not yet identified the gunman, but believe Chotia-Thompson had been driving the vehicle just prior to the robbery.

"We know she was in it and had possession of it," he said.

Contributing: Sandra Yi

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