Gilroy police on Friday arrested a man who allegedly tried to rob a restaurant at gunpoint, then led officers on a vehicle pursuit.
At 4:26 p.m., officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Pizza Hut in the 1100 block of First Street.
According to police, an employee was putting money into a safe when a male suspect entered the business, brandished a gun and demanded money. Out of fear, the employee ran to the back of the business.
The suspect then fled the store without the money, police said. Later that evening, a police officer contacted a person who matched the description of the robbery suspect. The person was inside a blue 2007 Volkswagen Jetta parked near the Garlic City Club Casino in the 8600 block of San Ysidro Avenue, police said.
The suspect, who was later identified as 24-year-old Izaak Diaz of Gilroy, did not comply with the officer’s commands and allegedly fled in the Jetta, police said. Diaz then led police on a high-speed pursuit through Gilroy, into parts of Hollister and then back into Gilroy, where officers used spike strips to deflate the Jetta’s tires.
The vehicle eventually stopped on U.S. Highway 101 near the San Martin exit and, with help from a police K-9, Diaz was taken into custody, police said. Diaz was taken to a hospital and later cleared, then arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of attempted robbery and felony evading, police said.
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