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TRUMBULL CO. Robbery suspects being arraigned



Published: Tue, February 5, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



A handgun also was recovered from the snow.

WARREN -- Four bank robbery suspects were to be arraigned today after being caught during a 45-minute chase through a Howland neighborhood.

"People said the suspects were running through their back yards," said Ernie Cook, chief deputy at the Trumbull County Sheriff's Department.

Trumbull County 911 dispatchers asked Howland Springs Elementary School to lock down before the last two men were caught hiding under a porch of a Warwick Street home Monday morning

Robbery target: Authorities say three of the men entered Seven Seventeen Credit Union, 6813 Commerce Drive, Hubbard, about 9:20 a.m. Two of the men pulled guns on three credit union employees, said Hubbard Township Detective Mike Begeot.

They fled with an undisclosed amount of money in a blue Lincoln Town Car before Hubbard Township police arrived.

The car was spotted driving west on state Route 82 by Brookfield Police Chief Dan Faustino. The chase was picked up by a sheriff's deputy who saw the car on the other side of the divided highway as he drove east in Vienna Township.

With lights and sirens on, the deputy pulled across in the median strip and chased after the car as it wove through traffic, reports say. The car turned south on Howland Wilson Road to avoid a Howland patrol car in the westbound lane of state Route 82.

After the blue Lincoln turned west on Huntley Avenue, it slowed down and all four doors opened, reports say. Three men dived from the car, while the driver struggled to keep the car from hitting a telephone pole.

Captured: A deputy sheriff arrested the driver before he could leave the car, reports say.

A Howland officer arrived moments later and nabbed another suspect as he ran, said Steve Lamantia, Howland chief.

Several off-duty officers and the Howland department's police dog joined the chase, Lamantia said. Two officers who live in the area brought their off-road vehicles to help look for the suspects in the snow.

The last two suspects were captured shortly after 10 a.m., reports say.

"It was a lot of pretty good police work," said Hubbard Township Detective Mike Begeot.

Howland's police dog found a handgun that had been hidden in the snow, Lamantia said.

Officers were still searching for the money and the second gun this morning, Cook said.




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