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Two Marines arrested as bank robbery suspects in San Diego

October 31, 2010 |  9:30 pm

Two active-duty Marines have been arrested as suspects in a bank robbery that led to a police pursuit, shots being fired, and then a long SWAT standoff, San Diego police said Sunday.

The robbery, in which the robbers threatened the tellers with guns, occurred at a California Credit Union branch in La Mesa on Saturday afternoon. San Diego police responding to the scene spotted one suspect attempting to walk away into the San Diego neighborhood of Rolando, police said.

The suspect began running and then "turned and reached for his waistband," said police Lt. Kevin Rooney. The officer, believing the suspect was reaching for a gun, fired several shots.

The suspect, who was not hit, continued running and was later found by SWAT officers and a police dog hiding in a nearby garage, Rooney said.

Searching for the second suspect, police picked locks on homes where the residents were gone, said San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who represents the area. The city will pay for any damage done to the homes, she said.

The second suspect was contacted by cellular telephone and arrested late Saturday night.

"Our police did an outstanding job of protecting the public and capturing these two very dangerous suspects," Emerald said.

The first suspect was identified as Davan Darden, 23, the second as Dominique Dontae Lasker, 26.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego