By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Keizer police nabbed a suspected armed bank robber Friday afternoon after the man entered Key Bank in Keizer Station and presented a note to a teller stated that he was armed and demanding money.
Police were called to the bank, 2680 Jorie Lane N.E., at 2:46 p.m., June 29, after the initial report of the robbery and the suspect had already fled. At the same time, an eye witness called 9-1-1 and said he believed he was following the suspect north on Interstate 5, said Capt. Jeff Kuhns of the Keizer Police Department.
Officers hit the highway and pulled over a vehicle north of the Brooks exit that turned out to be the wrong one. However, two units continued up I-5 to Woodburn exit where police encountered the suspect car in the parking lot of Burger King.
“He took to I-5 again and we caught up with him at the Aurora-Donald exit (278) where we were able to pull him over in a high-risk traffic stop at the bottom of the exit ramp,” Kuhns said.
The driver and the passenger of the vehicle were taken into custody at the scene and Keizer officers were working alongside the FBI to close out the investigation. The identities of the two in custody have not yet been released.
“It’s pretty rare that we are able to catch an armed robber so quickly after the incident, this is only the second time in my career this has happened,” Kuhns said.