Bank robbery suspect nabbed
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is holding Michael Carl Pope, 52, of Lake Tahoe, for suspicion of robbing Placer Sierra Bank in Kings Beach.
Pope was booked into Placer County Jail late Monday morning on robbery and assault charges, according to the sheriff’s office. Officials say Pope entered Placer Sierra Bank at 10:13 a.m. and demanded money from a teller; he told her he was armed and an armed accomplice was waiting in a vehicle outside, according to reports.
During the investigation, a white Volkswagen van, which a suspect claimed was in the bank parking lot, was pulled over on State Route 28 in Incline Village by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies for a traffic violation, but the suspect took off, according to reports. Pope had reportedly doubled back to the site of the robbery.
Pope then drove on SR-28 to SR-267 over Brockway Summit, nearly colliding with several vehicles and pedestrians as he swerved in and out of the lanes, the sheriff’s office reported. Along SR-267, the driver threw a stack of money out of the van, which was later recovered.
Along SR-267 in the Martis Valley, officers deployed a spike strip, which Pope avoided, reports indicate.
Pope continued onto eastbound Interstate 80, where California Highway Patrol officers joined the pursuit and attempted to stop the vehicle. CHP officers twice performed a “pit” maneuver and spun the car around. The second pit attempt stopped the van and Pope surrendered to officers.
Upon investigation, officers found “a large amount” of money in Pope’s car.
The sheriff’s office is asking for help from the near-victims of Pope’s reckless driving; in Kings Beach he tried to hit pedestrians and on SR-267 he swerved over the double-yellow line, attempting to hit other vehicles, investigators said. The sheriff’s office is asking those people to contact Jeff Davis at 581-6326.
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