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Carlsbad Police Arrest San Marcos Bank Robbery Suspect

Carlsbad CA— This afternoon, June 3, at 5:02 p.m., a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department advising that a bank robbery had occurred at the Chase Bank at 1921 W. San Marcos Blvd. The suspect was reported to have fled the area in a silver Toyota sedan.

The suspect placed a black box on the teller’s counter and presented the teller with a note demanding money. The note stated he had a gun and a bomb. The man brandished a handgun and the teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect walked out of the bank and drove away in a silver sedan. A bank employee was able to obtain a partial license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle.

At 5:08pm, the suspect vehicle was spotted by a Carlsbad Police Department patrol unit traveling westbound on Palomar Airport Road from El Camino Real. After additional units arrived to assist, the vehicle was stopped in the area of Palomar Airport Road and I-5.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident, however when officers began clearing the vehicle for additional occupants a suspicious device was located in the passenger compartment. The San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit responded to the scene, rendered the object inert and determined that it was not a bomb.

A further search of the vehicle did yield a handgun on the passenger seat as well as cash believed to have been taken in the robbery.

The suspect was turned over to investigators from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and FBI for investigation of the bank robbery.