ANTIOCH (AP) — Northern California police say a suspect is in custody after robbing a bank, leading authorities on a high-speed chase and then briefly taking a hostage.
The incident Saturday evening ended peacefully with no injuries, Antioch police said. The incident began when a man dressed in construction-worker overalls and a hardhat robbed a Wells Fargo bank teller of an undisclosed amount of cash in a supermarket branch about 6:15 p.m., police said.
A witness saw the suspect flee first flee on a bicycle, then jump into a pickup truck. The witness followed the suspect’s truck while providing authorities with the suspect’s license plate number. When police caught up to the truck and activated sirens, the suspect refused to pull over and led authorities on a 30-mile chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.
The chase ended when the suspect pulled over in Oakland and ran into a stranger’s apartment. The suspect took a resident hostage, and a standoff with police ensued for about four hours with a police helicopter and Oakland’s SWAT team responding the apartment. The hostage managed to escape about 11 p.m., and the suspect surrendered peacefully. The bank’s money and a gun were recovered.
Police arrested Shawn McGee, 51, of Oakland. He remains in jail with bail set at $250,000. McGee isn’t represented by a lawyer yet.