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Police detain 2 suspects in Wells Fargo robbery

Police have two suspects in custody after a robbery at a Wells Fargo branch on Park Road Tuesday morning.
Police have two suspects in custody after a robbery at a Wells Fargo branch on Park Road Tuesday morning. T. Ortega Gaines: ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Police have two suspects in custody after a robbery and assault at a Wells Fargo branch on Park Road Tuesday morning.

The branch in the 4500 block of Park Road was robbed at gunpoint at about 10 a.m., police said.

A bank employee was assaulted during the encounter and was taken by Medic to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The robbers left in a white Honda and then switched vehicles, getting into a gray Ford Fusion, police said.

Police communications immediately broadcast information about the suspects to officers in the field.

A Westover Division patrol officer began following the Fusion until a police helicopter, a canine unit and Freedom and Metro division officers tried to stop the car. The car kept going, prompting a pursuit.

The driver of the Fusion briefly slowed the car on LaSalle Street, and a suspect jumped out and ran, police said. The car continued on but became disabled when it sideswiped another motorist’s vehicle.

Police immediately detained the driver of the Fusion. The suspect who ran from police was soon caught by a canine unit and Metro Division officers.

Both suspects were taken to police headquarters and were being interviewed Tuesday afternoon.

“Thanks to excellent communication and collaboration between divisions and specialized units, these bank robbers were quickly apprehended before they could continue to conduct additional crimes against the community,” police said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the case or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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