Grandview robbery suspects in hospital after rainy conditions cause them to crash along police pursuit

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GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- Two robbery suspects are in the hospital after leading police on a short pursuit Wednesday morning.

Police say just before 2 a.m., one of the suspects was armed with a gun and entered the Phillips 66 Zipz store in Grandview, Mo. Once inside, the suspect demanded money.

In addition to the store clerk and his stepson, there were two customers inside the store when the armed man went inside.

Percy Freeman said he was helping a customer when the armed man approached his stepson at the register and said, "Give me your money." Freeman said he thought it was a joke at first and the robber asked, "You think I'm joking?"

"I didn't see him when he walked through the door," Freeman said. "I was dealing with another customer and in the midst of me dealing with another customer I turned around when I heard somebody say, ' Give me the money.'"

Freeman's stepson gave the robber the money.

A person on the scene call 911 to report the robbery in progress.

An officer in the area spotted the getaway car and followed the suspects for about 3/4 of a mile before they crashed near Blue Ridge Boulevard and I-49---due to wet weather.

One suspect was trapped in the car. The second was unconscious. They are being treated at an area hospital and are in critical condition.

No one inside the store was hurt.

Kansas City police assisted Grandview police on this case.