Mother robbed at gunpoint, suspect dives in swamp

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FORT MITCHELL, AL (WTVM) -  Two East Alabama men are behind bars after officials say they robbed a mother at gunpoint and led authorities on a high speed chase.

It all started Wednesday night around 10 at the Fort Mitchell Mobile Home Park on Highway 165.

Lieutenant Heath Taylor, Chief Investigator for the Russell County Sheriff's Office, says a 38-year-old woman was getting her mail at the mailboxes in the front of the trailer park when a car pulled up and a man got out and robbed her at gunpoint, taking her purse and wallet. Taylor says the woman was standing right outside of her car and her nine-month-old baby was inches away inside, in a car seat.

The gunman took off in a white Ford Taurus driven by another man and the victim called 911. Once deputies got a description of the suspects and car, they put out a BOLO alert to surrounding agencies. A short time later, members of the Eufaula Police Department and Barbour County Sheriff's Office spotted the car and pulled it over. The driver, 19-year-old Johnrecis Jones, got out and was arrested but the passenger, 40-year-old Michael Rumph, hopped in the driver's seat and took off.  Taylor says he crashed the Taurus and flipped several times, got out and dove into a nearby swamp.

Officers went into the pond in freezing temperatures and captured him.

Both men are being held in the Russell County Jail and are charged with Robbery 1st Degree. Eufaula Police officials say they also face attempting to elude charges. Both men live in Eufaula and Lieutenant Taylor says they both have extensive criminal histories in Alabama.

The victim and her baby were not injured and officers were able to recover most of what was stolen from her.

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