VIDEO: Scotts Valley bank robbery suspect, 2 others arrested in San Jose


SANTA CLARA (KRON) — Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies found a man accused of robbing a Scotts Valley bank.

“Community, please rest assured. Our detectives are very confident we have the SV robbery suspect in our custody based on early evidence,” the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office tweeted just after 8 p.m.

The man who allegedly robbed the bank was spotted in the Japantown neighborhood in San Jose Friday afternoon, according to San Jose police. Authorities have arrested the suspect.

Police said the suspect was seen in the stairwell at an apartment complex near the area of East Mission and North Seventh streets around 4 p.m.

The robbery suspect had stolen an unmarked law enforcement car from the Redwood Estates area, according to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s officials.

The Malibu is not owned by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Glennon said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

The three people in the stolen car in San Jose have been arrested, police said. One of the three was caught on the run.

The car, which has lights in the front grill and possibly the visor, did not contain a weapon or a police scanner. It was assigned to a law enforcement officer who lives in the area and was parked at that officer’s home when it was stolen.

At 2:15 p.m. police began following the car on East Santa Clara Street, east of Fourth Street in downtown San Jose, police Capt. Jason Dwyer said Friday evening.

Officers did not start a high-speed pursuit in order to avoid causing a safety issue in the downtown area and opted instead to confront the occupants at North Seventh and East Mission streets.

Police arrested two of the suspects “relatively peacefully,” but the third ran into a heavily populated apartment complex, Dwyer said.

Over 50 police officers along with two helicopters responded to surround the complex before the suspect fled east toward North 10th Street into a construction zone and then into a nearby building.

Residents were told to shelter in place during the 45 minutes in which the man evaded arrest, Dwyer said.

In the course of arresting the man, an officer deployed a Taser stun gun, which was not effective, Dwyer said, but police were eventually able to arrest him at North 10th and East Taylor streets.

“In the end, we did have to use a minimal amount of force on the suspect, but it’s better than a vehicle pursuit,” Dwyer said. “It’s better than vehicle crashes that could have resulted if we had tried to stop the car.”

The search had been focused around the rural community of Redwood Estates, near the Lexington Reservoir.

Authorities say the suspect was seen overnight in the area of Aldercroft Heights and Locust Drive, sheriff’s officials said.

At one point during the night, the suspect stole a van from a residence but then abandoned the van. Why the van was abandoned is unclear at this time.

Lexington Elementary School, which was placed on lockdown Thursday, has canceled class Friday as a safety precaution.

The man robbed the bank sometime before 10:50 a.m., police said. He then fled north on Highway 17, which was shut down until 8 p.m. Thursday.

At some point during the incident Thursday, a Scotts Valley police officer shot at the suspect, but it was unclear if he was hit.

“A lot” of officers went to the scene and caught up to the Chrysler at Scotts Valley Drive and Granite Creek Road, where they began a pursuit onto state Highway 17, Scotts Valley police Lt. John Wilson said.

Within 10 minutes of the robbery, the suspect got out of the Chrysler on northbound Highway 17 near Madrone Drive and fled on foot.

It was at this time that a Scotts Valley police officer shot at the man, but it was not clear whether he was hit, according to Santa Clara County sheriff’s officials.

At 11:16 a.m. Thursday, locals were told to avoid the area or shelter in place.

Highway 17 was closed in both directions until after 8 p.m. Thursday, according to sheriff’s officials.

The suspect was seen overnight in the area of Aldercroft Heights and Locust Drive, sheriff’s officials said around 2 a.m. Friday.

The nearby Lexington Elementary School, which was placed on lockdown by sheriff’s officials at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, canceled class as a safety precaution Friday, Los Gatos Union School District Superintendent Diana Abbati told parents at 6:50 a.m.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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