Suspected shoplifters nearly run down Wal-Mart employees

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Standoff with police
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UPDATE: Wednesday morning

PHOENIX -- A pair of suspected shoplifters are facing a variety of serious charges after the situation escalated into a standoff.

It all started at the Wal-Mart at 35th and Southern avenues.

Employees of the store reportedly thought the pair had taken a video game.

As they left the parking lot, two employees ran out to try and get their license plate number. That's when the driver nearly hit them.

A police helicopter spotted the suspect's car and followed it to a home at 23rd and Southern avenues.

While one of the suspects came out right away, it took some negotiating to get the other person to surrender to police.

The two now face shoplifting charges, as well and aggravated assault and felony flight.

ORIGINAL STORY

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Police have surrounded a house near 23rd avenue and Southern where suspect(s) have refused to come out.

Police believe that the people in the house are connected to an earlier incident where a Wal-Mart manager was nearly run over.

The suspect(s) allegedly stole some items from the Wal-Mart store at 35th avenue and Southern, and then drove off.

During their flight, they nearly ran over the manager of the store.

Immediately afterwards, police say they followed the vehicle in a slow-speed pursuit.

The driver of the vehicle, a female, was then seen bailing from the vehicle and is believed to be in the house.