Bank Robbers Lead Deputies On Chase
UPDATE: Suspects have been caught.
Updated Friday, 4:45pm
Friday morning, two male Black robbers entered the Washington Mutual on The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch. One robber was disguised as a construction worker. The other was wearing dark pants, white t-shirt and a blue jacket. Both wore a face covering. At least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun. Money was demanded and the suspects left the bank with loose currency.
During the robbery, an off duty Los Angeles Country Sheriff’s Deputy walked past the bank and saw that the bank was being robbed. She immediately notified Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station via 911 on the phone from a neighboring business. She stayed inside that location and without being noticed was able to get a description of the vehicle which was relayed to responding deputies.
The vehicle, a dark BMW, was located south bound on the Golden State (5) Freeway. Deputies followed the vehicle and then attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit occurred. The pursuit continued south on the Golden State Freeway and south on the San Diego (405) Freeway. The vehicle then turned west on the Simi Valley (118) Freeway and exited the freeway at Havenhurst Avenue. The suspects fled from the vehicle and deputies contained the area.
California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department responded to assist in the search. Los Angeles Unified School Police responded to assist and lock down Kennedy High School. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Units from Crescenta Valley, Transit Services Bureau, Special Enforcement Bureaus K-9 and Special Weapons Teams responded to the location to assist in the search.
During the containment, a local resident called the Los Angeles Police Department to report that his garage door was closed when it is normally left open. K-9 units searched that garage and located the two suspects hiding there. Both suspects were bitten by the dogs during their arrest. They were treated at the scene by paramedics and at a local hospital for minor injuries.
A female, person of interest was detained for questioning near the suspect vehicle and later arrested after it was determined that she was the driver in the bank robbery.
It was originally believed that the money was thrown from the vehicle during the chase. However, it was determined to be clothing and a utility belt - which one of the suspects had been wearing as a disguise.
Neither the gun nor the money has been recovered. An article search dog was utilized in an attempt to locate the gun in the containment area.