* Wells Fargo Bank on San Felipe Rd in San Jose robbed, a pursuit to Gilroy, three in custody

Published by on March 20, 2012

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Armed Robbery Wells Fargo Bank  3300 Block of San Felipe Rd Jorge Lopez, Ray Botello,
Luis Gonzalez,

The San Jose Police Department has arrested three suspects in an armed robbery that occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank located in the 3300 block of San Felipe Road in San Jose.  On 3/20/2012, at approximately 10:39 A.M., officers responded to the bank for a hold-up alarm.  Upon arrival, officers determined that three suspects had entered the bank armed with handguns and conducted a “takeover” style robbery.  The suspects fled the bank with an undisclosed quantity of cash.

A patrol officer located a possible suspect vehicle (Silver, late model Jeep SUV) travelling southbound on Highway 101 near Hellyer Avenue.  The Jeep was occupied by three males.  When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle continued to drive southbound on Hwy. 101.  The officer pursued the vehicle with red lights and siren, and summoned assistance.

During the ensuing vehicle pursuit, the suspects drove southbound on Hwy. 101 at speeds of 60-70 miles per hour.  During the pursuit, officers observed the suspects throwing a bag of money out the window.  Several officers broke off from the pursuit, stopped traffic, and were able to recover the bulk of the stolen money.  Other officers continued to pursue the suspects.  At approximately 11:10 A.M., the suspect vehicle pulled over near Hwy. 101 and 10th Street in Gilroy.  Officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop and took all three suspects into custody without incident.

A search of the suspect vehicle revealed evidence implicating the suspects in the robbery, including a police scanner, two pistols, and an SKS assault rifle.  Officers also confirmed that the suspects’ Jeep was stolen out of Greenfield, California.  San Jose Police Robbery Detectives responded to the scene and are currently conducting the investigation.  It is not known at this time if these suspects were involved in any previous bank robberies.

There were no injuries reported at the bank or as a result of the pursuit.  All three suspects were booked for armed robbery, evading police and possession of an assault weapon.

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