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Indio Police Catch Suspected Bank Robber

By Rich Tarpening, Assignment Manager, Rich.Tarpening@kesq.com
Published On: Nov 23 2012 02:09:33 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 23 2012 05:32:47 PM CST
Indio Bank Robbery

Omar Granados

Police investigate the robbery at 1st Bank on 42nd Avenue in Indio

INDIO, Calif -

Indio Police confirm that the First Bank on Avenue 42 near Jackson Street was robbed just after 11:30 a.m.  Indio Police Spokesman Ben Guitron confirms a male suspect entered the bank in North Indio on Jackson street at 11:37.

The suspect told the teller he was armed.  The teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect was later spotted in a car driving on Jackson Street heading towards I-10.  

After a short pursuit the suspect was pulled over on the freeway just between Washington and Cook Street and was later arrested. The suspect has not been identified at this time. 

Indio Police also called for assistance from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Explosive Ordinance Team for some sort of suspicious device or substance discovered in the suspect's car.

The Bomb squad shut down the Westbound I-10 and also Varner Road for a total of 13 minutes says a Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman.  The road was opened just after 3:00 p.m. 

The spokesman would not say what the bomb squad found in the car but would only say that it was rendered safe.