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Two arrested in Columbia after assaulting a store employee and crashing into a chasing car.

A Columbia store worker was sent to a local hospital after being physically assaulted by two suspects on Saturday night, who were later apprehended, following a chase with police.

Steven Ray Vargas, 39, of Nashville, was identified as one of two suspects in the aggravated robbery on Saturday from Columbia’s Superior Bakery & Grocery.

Vargas has been charged with robbery and is being held in Maury County Jail without bond. He also faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and possession of cocaine for resale and possession of illegal drug accessories from other active arrest warrants for his arrest, Lt. Jeremy Haywood told the Daily Herald on Tuesday morning.

Arnaldo Cruz, 34, from La Vergne was identified as the second suspect by Columbia police on Tuesday evening.

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