Kohl's robbers lead police on high speed chase

Posted at 11:33 AM, Mar 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-19 14:33:00-04

Deputies captured one of three suspects who stole some merchandise from a Kohl's department store in Poway Saturday and then led them on a vehicle chase that reached up to speeds of at least 100 miles per hour.

Deputies responding at 2:30 a.m. to a silent alarm activation at Kohl's department store located at 12880 Gregg Court, saw three men running into some bushes outside of the store, said Sgt. Minh Nguyen of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The men got into an older model Chevrolet Suburban -- which had been stolen -- and a pursuit began with speeds varying between 30 to 90 miles per hour, and initially centered on the streets adjacent to the business park, Nguyen said.

At one point, two suspects jumped out of the SUV, fleeing on foot to a pre-staged silver-colored Nissan Murano and successfully evading authorities, he said.

Deputies continued pursuing the SUV through multiple jurisdictions, going northbound on Interstate 15, through the cities of San Diego and Escondido where speeds reached up to 100 miles per hour, he said.

The pursuit then turned back southbound on Interstate 15 and ended at the onramp of the southbound Interstate 15 and Via Rancho Parkway, where the driver fled on foot, Nguyen said.

Tracy Kendall, 48, was eventually taken into custody after a San Diego Police Department K-9 unit found him hiding in bushes near the freeway. He was transported to Pomerado Hospital in Poway for dog bites, prior to being transported to San Diego Central Jail for booking, he said.

Stolen property from the department store was found inside the Chevrolet Suburban. Authorities had no description of the two outstanding suspects.