Chinle bank robber no match for reservation police

CHINLE, Ariz. - Police have a suspect in custody after a robbery of more than $1,800 from the Chinle Wells Fargo Oct. 26. The police also recovered the vehicle that was used in the robbery.

At 10:51 a.m. Oct. 26, Chinle Police Department (PD) received a call from a Wells Fargo employee saying the bank had just been robbed. Chinle police officer Carlton Jim and Lt. Dempsey Harvey were the first on the scene.

A red Ford Explorer with New Mexico state license plates was seen fleeing southbound on Route 191.

At 2:08 p.m., the Chinle police received a call that identified the vehicle at a residence a quarter mile southeast of the Chinle Holiday Inn.

The vehicle was stolen from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Police cleared the residence and did not find the suspect.

Police tracked shoe prints east toward the Chinle wash. The suspect was tracked to another residence near the Presbyterian Church. Officers found a man who said he gave the suspect a ride to Chevron.

Officers went to Chevron to view the security camera footage and found out the suspect had changed his clothes there.

At approximately 6:07 p.m., Jim said he had detained an individual at Chevron. This man said he had picked up the suspect and dropped him off at a residence six miles north of Chinle.

Police went to the residence where they were told the suspect had fled on foot a half-hour earlier. Police units patrolled the area near the residence.

At 7:04 p.m., Harvey called for units to meet him at the residence six miles north of Chinle where they apprehended the suspect and took him into custody.

The suspect is currently detained at the Chinle Detention Center and the FBI will transport the suspect to Flagstaff.

"I commend our Navajo Nation Police Department for their professional response to the robbery," said Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. "I'd also like to thank the Navajo public for assisting our police force in apprehending the criminal."

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