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Chase after robbery ends with arrest of Mitchell woman, children taken into custody

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A reported strong-armed robbery, assault and shoplifting incident at a Sioux Falls Walmart led to a chase that culminated with authorities arresting two adults and placing three children in protective custody.

Police say the suspects fled from the store in a van when officers arrived shortly after midnight. Officers gave chase and eventually stopped the vehicle, arresting the driver without incident and an adult passenger after a brief struggle.

The 28-year-old Mitchell woman driving the van and the 34-year-old Sioux Falls man who was a passenger in the front seat were arrested on charges ranging from aggravated eluding to child cruelty.

Police say the children were not hurt but a 58-year-old back-seat passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries.