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Man robs Newhall bank, suspect arrested in less than 15 minutes

Posted: May 25, 2013 11:14 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2013 11:14 a.m.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrest a man suspected of robbing a Newhall Bank Saturday morning. Photo courtesy of Louie Gallardo.

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An armed robber held up a Newhall bank this morning leading local sheriff’s deputies on a chase to Sand Canyon where they arrested a suspect, a sheriff’s official said.

Shortly before 10:45 a.m. Saturday, a lone male with a stocking over his face and armed with a small handgun entered the Bank of America bank on Lyons Avenue near Valley Street and stole an undisclosed amount of money, said Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt, he said.

“We had a male black wearing a stocking over his face, armed with a small handgun, demanded money and left with an undetermined amount of money,” Bryski said.

“He fled the scene and was spotted on the northbound 14 near Sand Canyon.”

Shortly after 10:45 a.m., deputies responded to information they received that the suspect was at Railroad and Market streets in Newhall, said Bryski.

Initially, deputies were told the suspect escaped in a white Ford Explorer SUV.

That description was changed to a vehicle described as a red Ford Mustang within five minutes of the pursuit northbound on Highway 14.

Shortly before 11 a.m., deputies caught up with the suspect just north of Sand Canyon on the northbound highway, Bryski said.

Deputies stopped a red Toyota Camry at that location and detained the driver at gunpoint.

The man was brought to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station where he was expected to be arrested, charged and booked into custody.


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