SANTA CLARA COUNTY (CBS SF) — A 21-year-old man has been identified by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office as the suspect who allegedly robbed a bank in Scotts Valley on Thursday and evaded police during a crime spree in the Santa Cruz Mountains until his arrest Friday.
Cruz Vargas was arrested in connection with a crime spree that started shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday when a Bank of America at 4525 Scotts Valley Drive was robbed.READ MORE: Oakland City Council Votes to Defund Police, Stripping More Than $17M from Department Budget
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A Scotts Valley police officer shot at the suspect during a pursuit on state Highway 17 that led to an hours-long manhunt and the shutdown of the highway, sheriff’s officials said.
Around 10 p.m., the suspect later identified as Vargas allegedly broke into a home in the Redwood Estates area and stole a woman’s minivan at knifepoint, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Rich Glennon said.
The woman called 911 after Vargas fled in the minivan and the car was stopped after deputies set up spike strips on Alma Bridge Road.READ MORE: 165 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized, Man Arrested In Oakland Crackdown
However, he fled on foot and remained at large overnight.
At some point, he stole a 2009 silver Chevrolet Malibu that was an unmarked law enforcement car that was parked at the home of an officer who lives in the area.
At 2:15 p.m. Friday, San Jose police began following the car on East Santa Clara Street, police Capt. Jason Dwyer said.
Three occupants in the car were confronted at North Seventh and East Mission streets and two were arrested there, while the third fled. He was eventually arrested at North 10th and East Taylor streets after a search involving more than 50 officers and two helicopters, Dwyer said.MORE NEWS: Menlo Park Fire Chief: Time Is Short in Search for Survivors of Florida Condo Collapse
Sheriff’s officials have not released any other details about the other two suspects arrested Friday.