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Cash hurled during chase: One bank robbery suspect still at large

September 13, 2012 |  6:54 am

One member of the crew of bank robbers who led authorities on a 40-mile chase while eventually throwing wads of money into the air remained at large Thursday, according to a Sheriff’s Department report.

The chase began in Canyon Country, where three armed men held up a Bank of America branch in the 19000 block of Soledad Canyon Road shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, officials said. They fled in a waiting black Volvo SUV that had been reported stolen hours earlier, police said.

Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department quickly located the suspects and began to pursue them.

PHOTOS: Bank robbery suspects toss money during chase

In Sylmar, officials said, two of the men fled from the vehicle in an attempt to escape on foot. One was captured and the other eluded deputies and remains at large, according to a Sheriff's Department report.

The two remaining suspects continued on, jumping from freeways to streets and back again as they wound their way through the San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena and onward toward the skyline of downtown Los Angeles.

Leaving downtown, officials said, the driver of the SUV looped west to MacArthur Park, then past the USC campus until arriving in South L.A., where the Volvo had been stolen.

As the men sped through congested residential neighborhoods with more than a dozen Sheriff's Department vehicles in pursuit and a police helicopter tracking them overhead, the windows in the back seat of the SUV went down. A hand grasping a wad of money emerged and let go, sending the bills fluttering to the pavement.

The money snarled traffic, and authorities are telling the public that any money retrieved must be returned.

The chase ended at Kansas and Vernon avenues, where the two men in the SUV were taken into custody, according to the report.

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-- Sam Quinones
twitter.com/samquinones7

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