Three men were arrested in an armed robbery of a Hanford business Thursday night on the 2400 block of 10th Avenue.
The clerk of the business told police that two men wearing masks — one armed with a shotgun — entered his shop around 10 p.m. demanding money. They allegedly robbed the cash register and then ran away.
As police were gathering information, California Highway Patrol officers tried to pull over a vehicle traveling east on Highway 198 near the Kings County line. When the vehicle didn’t pull over, a chase ensued. CHP officers managed to get the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Church and School streets in Visalia. Inside the vehicle, police said, the officers found items taken in the Hanford robbery.
Three men inside the vehicle were arrested: Deaunta Stephens, 22, of Tulare and Michael Stephens, 18, and Aaron Warren, 21, both of Visalia. They were booked into Kings County Jail on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy and felony pursuit. Hanford police said the shotgun used in the robbery was recovered Friday by Visalia police in a nearby neighborhood.