Bank robbery suspect who led police on chase taken into custody near Balboa Park


A bank robbery suspect who led police on a chase was taken into custody near Balboa Park on Saturday.

Police said the Wells Fargo bank on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard at Ruffin Road was robbed just after 11 a.m.

At least one man went into the bank with a demand note, police said. During the robbery, a weapon was simulated but none was seen. There is no word on how much was taken from the bank.

When the man left the bank, a gray minivan was seen leaving the parking lot. San Diego police helicopter ABLE then spotted the minivan with three suspects inside.

Police followed the minivan into Tierrasanta and pulled the vehicle over on Santo Road near Antigua Boulevard. Two of the suspects inside the vehicle complied with officers and were taken into custody.

However, the remaining suspect in the rear passenger seat jumped into the driver's seat and drove away, initiating a pursuit that spanned multiple freeways.

The pursuit went from eastbound state Route 52 to southbound state Route 125 and then to westbound state Route 94 towards downtown. At some point, the minivan hit a spike strip, but it was unable to stop to the vehicle.

From SR-94, the driver continued to northbound Interstate 5 to northbound state Route 163 and got off on Quince Street near Balboa Park, which is where the minivan came to a stop.

Police then tried to talk the suspect out of the minivan, but he did not comply. They also tried to send the police dog in, but the suspect closed the vehicle's doors and windows.

Officers then deployed pepperball – a powdered form of pepper spray – into the minivan's back window, which drove the suspect out. He then surrendered and was taken into custody by officers.  

No injuries were reported.

10News will have more on this developing story on 10News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

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