Suspected bank robber nabbed outside local motel
Detectives say he checked in minutes after robbery
Last Updated: 88 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A man accused of robbing three banks is in custody Friday after being arrested outside of a motel near the shopping complex as the last bank he allegedly hit.
10News had the only cameras rolling when officers cuffed 39-year-old Douglas Ellens outside the door of his Super 8 motel room in the Midway District.
The first robbery occurred at the U.S. Bank branch office at 4827 Newport Ave. in Ocean Beach shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to San Diego police. The second was at the Comerica Bank branch at 3361 Rosecrans St. in the Midway District and was reported at 4:52 p.m., a statement said.
In both robberies, police said Ellens handed a teller a note demanding cash, police said. No one was injured.
Ellens was also believed to be responsible for a robbery at a US Bank on Balboa Ave in Clairemont last week.
The clerk at the Super 8 said Ellens appeared nervous and in a hurry when he checked in.
"I could see that he was acting weird", said Tony Foster.
Foster said Ellens paid him with a wad of cash. Foster had to count the money himself before handing the remaining bills back to him.
Detectives said that witnesses at the Comerica Bank saw Ellens run toward the Super 8. After officers showed Foster the his picture, he pointed them to his room. While officers were waiting, Ellens walked right up to the door.
"We could see him from here,” said motel owner Nikita Patel from the lobby. “Walking like he had done nothing wrong."
Detectives told 10News they found the stolen money inside the suspect's motel room.
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