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UPDATE: SJ Armed Robbery Ends in Police Chase on Highway 101 in Gilroy

The suspects have been identified as Salinas residents Jorge Lopez, 26, Ray Botello, 24, and 23-year-old Luis Gonzalez.

Updated at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday—The three suspects involved in Tuesday's bank robbery in San Jose that lead to a vehicle pursuit through Highway 101 and ended in Gilroy have been identified, Sgt. Jason Dwyer of the San Jose Police Department wrote in a prepared statement.

The suspects are Salinas residents Jorge Lopez, 26, Ray Botello, 24, and 23-year-old Luis Gonzalez. Police aren't sure whether the threesome have been involved in any prior bank robberies, Dywer wrote.

A scanner and firearms that include two pistols and an SKS assault rifle were found in the suspect vehicle. Wells Fargo bank employees were not harmed during the robbery.

The suspects have been booked for armed robbery, evading police and possession of an assault weapon, Dywer wrote.

A San Jose bank robbery that lead to a vehicle pursuit and airborne money on Highway 101 ended in the recovery of a stolen vehicle and the arrest of three suspects in Gilroy Tuesday morning.

San Jose police officers were dispatched at 10:39 a.m. to the report of a "takeover" style armed robbery at the Wells Fargo on the 3300 block of San Felipe Road, where three suspects allegedly robbed the bank with handguns and left with an undisclosed amount of money, Sgt. Jason Dwyer of the San Jose Police Department wrote in a prepared statement.

The suspects then fled the scene and jumped into a waiting silver Jeep SUV and took off southbound on Highway 101 near Hellyer Avenue. Alert officers were able to locate the threesome and initiated a vehicle pursuit when the suspects refused to stop, Dwyer wrote.

During the pursuit the suspects attempted to ditch the stolen money by discarding it out a window while driving down the freeway, causing some officers to abandon the pursuit to stop traffic and recover the money.

The suspect vehicle then pulled over on Highway 101 near 10th Street in Gilroy and surrendered without incident, Dwyer wrote.

Officers located a firearm and a police scanner in the vehicle, which is reportedly stolen out of Greenfield, Calif.

The three suspects are currently in custody and are being transported back to the SJPD. Their identities will be released once they're booked into county jail, the San Jose Mercury News reported.


Patch will have more updates as additional information becomes available.

Brian March 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Glad nobody was hurt!
Corinne Speckert March 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Tell me about it... California traffic + high speed vehicle pursuit = bad news.
Shirley Wallace Torres March 21, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Heard all about it from my customers at work in Morgan Hill! It's getting to Crazy around here!!!
Devonna Chapa March 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
If they wanted money so bad they should have worked for it.... -_-
Lynne March 21, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I was driving north and actually saw the whole thing. I was hoping all the fuss was because the found the young girl.
Corinne Speckert March 22, 2012 at 05:15 AM
@Lynne: I wish that had been the case as well... @Devonna: agreed :)

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