A suspected bank robber led Walnut Creek and Concord police officers on a brief chase through those two cities Friday, officers terminating their pursuit out of concern for public safety when the suspect began driving the wrong way on Treat Boulevard from Walnut Creek into Concord.
Police confirmed that the chase followed an armed robbery at the Chase Bank branch at 1895 Ygnacio Valley Rd. at 3:06 p.m. In that incident a man described as a white male in his mid-50s with grey hair, mustache and a black cap entered the bank and displayed a handgun. He was last seen fleeing on foot through the parking lot of the Ygnacio Plaza Shopping Center.
Walnut Creek Police Lt. Joe Donleavy said the investigation into that crime is continuing, but that approximately 30 minutes later officers searching for the robbery suspect spotted a man answering his description at the Countrywood Shopping Center, 718 Bancroft Rd., as he was getting into a blue early 90s-era pickup truck, and fell in behind him.
Donleavy and witnesses at the scene said the driver of the truck jumped the divider and began driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Treat Boulevard – causing pandemonium amongst rush hour commuters on the road at that time.
“On treat – we were headed westbound and almost collided with truck driving the wrong way,” wrote NEWS24/680 reader Edward Cano. “Looks like he hit a jeep behind us. Cops chasing. Traffic is a mess…”
Donleavy said Walnut Creek alerted police in Concord that the suspect was headed their way and terminated their pursuit due to the danger he posed to citizens. The suspect was not located and there were no immediate reports of injury associated with the chase.
Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Detective Guy Ezard at 925.943.5878.