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Greenville Men Wanted After High Speed Chase, Manhunt Arrested In Columbia

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Two wanted men from Greenville have been arrested in Columbia.

Greenville City Police spokesman Johnathan Bragg said that investigators received a tip that 17-year-old Javon Mack and 18-year-old Marquis Blassingame, both of Greenville, were in the Columbia area. He stated that the two men were located and apprehended without incident early Thursday night.

Greenville Police have charged Mack with several counts of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, Bragg stated. He is also facing charges from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

The two men were involved in a chase on February 21 when deputies with the U.S. Marshal's task force noticed the vehicle they were in on Augusta Street. A chase ensued that went from the city of Greenville into Greenville County and eventually back into the city limits where the vehicle crashed on Augusta Street. Officials said that Mack, Blassingame and a third man, 17-year-old Michael Lee, also of Greenville, fled from the vehicle on foot. Lee was apprehended at the scene, but Mack and Blassingame were never located after an extensive manhunt. Mack and another man, who has not been identified, carjacked a person the next morning in the same area. 

Blassingame, who has not been charged in connection with the chase, was sought for the February 16 armed robbery at ATL Fashions on Poinsett Highway in Greenville County.

According to Sheriff's Office spokesman Jonathan Smith, several people, including Blassingame, entered the store. Two of the people were armed with handguns and attempted to rob the store. One of the victim's was bound with duct tape and three other people inside the store were not allowed to leave. Smith stated that the robbery was interrupted and the suspects fled the building when a family member of one of the victims entered the store.

He has been charged with attempted armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and criminal conspiracy.

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