Police Pursuit After Armed Robbery Ends in South Salinas
May 12, 2011
Downtown Salinas became a hot bed of police officers after an armed robbery suspect fled on motorcycle from a traffic stop, says Salinas public information officer Lalo Villegas on Thursday afternoon.
According to Villages, at 2:52pm, Salinas police responded to an armed robbery call at the Subway restaurant on South Main street in Salinas. A male suspect in his late-50s fled on a black Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was pursued by an officer near the corner of Pajaro and John streets. The officer attempted to pull the suspect over for a moving traffic violation and as a suspect of the Subway robbery.
The suspects motorcycle was having mechanical issues and slowed down near Gabilan and Main streets. A pursuing officer tased him on the corner of Gabilan and Lincoln streets, across from Salinas City Hall, where he was arrested on charges of armed robbery, vehicle pursuit and resisting arrest.
An American Medical Response ambulance responded to examine the suspect after a spill from his motorcycle following his being tased by police. No serious injuries were sustained. Shortly after his apprehension, according to Villegas, the suspect was positively identified as the armed robber by witnesses at the Subway restaurant.
The suspect is also being questioned in connection with two recent bank robberies in Salinas in recent weeks.