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I-15 bank robbery suspect in custody; highway reopened

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Updated: 8/01/2014 1:18 am
LOGANDALE (KSNV -- UPDATE: Interstate 15 is now open in both directions about halfway between Las Vegas and Mesquite this afternoon. A standoff ended with a bank robbery suspect in custody.

Interstate 15 was closed in both directions because a bank robbery suspect out of Utah had been stopped and is sitting in his car.

"We are trying to start conversation with him," Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott told News 3 at about 5 p.m. "He is sitting inside his car southbound on I-15. It is a standoff situation."

Both Mesquite and St. George, Utah, police sources say the suspect is a woman.

The St. George police Facebook page says: "The dispatch office was advised of a bank robbery at the U.S. Bank at 791 S Bluff St. in St. George.

"An individual dressed in dark pants, blue hoodie, wearing sunglasses and a surgical type mask handed a teller a note demanding money. A weapon was never burnished during the incident; however, the note did threaten bodily harm if demands were not met.

"The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money and drove away in a vehicle. A detailed description of the suspect and vehicle was given, a newer model silver Nissan Maxima with a dealer plate. A St. George police officer was able to locate a vehicle matching the description on I-15 southbound near mile marker 4.

"When officers attempted to stop the vehicle it fled at a high rate of speed. St. George officers continued to pursue the vehicle into Arizona until Arizona Highway Patrol took over the pursuit.

"St. George dispatch was advised that the suspected vehicle was later stopped by Arizona and Nevada officers near mile marker 92 in Nevada. At this time the suspect has not been taken into custody; the suspect is refusing to exit the vehicle.
St. George detectives are working closely with all law enforcement agencies involved, including the FBI, in regards to this bank robbery."

Officers from Utah, Arizona, Mesquite, Metro and NHP are involved, NHP Trooper Jeremie Elliott said.



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