Novato police arrested two men who tried to rob a bank inside a grocery store Thursday afternoon. Officers responded to a report of a robbery at about 1:45 p.m. at a U.S. Bank inside the Safeway grocery store located at 5720 Nave Drive, police said.
One suspect, later identified as Joshua Metoxen, 23, of American Canyon, was identified by an employee as having been involved in a previous robbery of the bank on Feb. 19 and the employee called police. Metoxen fled on foot and was picked up by a car believed to be involved in the attempted robbery, according to police.
Officers eventually stopped the car on northbound U.S. Highway 101 at the Rowland Boulevard off-ramp, about five miles away from the bank, police said. Police arrested Metoxen and the driver, Jack Dennis, 20, of Napa, on suspicion of attempted bank robbery and burglary, police said.
Metoxen received an additional charge of robbery for the February incident and also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued in Lake County for robbery, police said. No one was injured in the robbery or arrest. Both Metoxen and Dennis are being investigated by Novato police, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI for their involvement in the various robberies.
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