A 20-year-old man who led police officers on a car chase through residential neighborhoods in south Tracy was arrested for allegedly robbing Bank of Stockton, 1175 N. Tracy Blvd., on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Jaime Frutos of Los Banos is suspected of robbing the bank at 11 a.m., leaving the branch with an undisclosed amount of money.
A citizen told police he saw Frutos leave the bank in a white Saturn sedan, which was spotted by patrol officers driving in the area of Carol Ann Drive.
Frutos tried to evade the police officers in the neighborhood surrounding Kelly School, 535 Mabel Josephine Drive.
The Saturn sedan Frutos was driving crashed into an SUV at the corner of Blackstone and Mable Josephine drives.
The collision forced the SUV into the large Kelly School sign at the corner, while the Saturn sedan continued a short distance west on Blackstone Drive before stopping. The driver of the SUV received minor injuries in the crash.
Police cars filled the streets around the school as Frutos was taken into custody.
Officers at the scene said the school was on lockdown until Frutos was apprehended.
Police recovered the stolen money from the Saturn sedan the 20-year-old was driving.
Frutos was booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp and is being held on $285,000 bail on suspicion of robbery and evading a peace officer.
Frutos will appear in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Manteca at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.
The Bank of Stockton theft was the third local bank robbery in a month. The Rabobank branch at 2850 N. Tracy Blvd. was robbed Nov. 14, and Chase, 691 W. 11th St., was robbed Dec. 4.
Sgt. Luis Mejia of Tracy Police Department said he did not believe Frutos was involved in the two earlier robberies.
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