Bank Robbery Suspect Killed in Crash After Police Chase in Anaheim

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A bank robbery suspect was killed and another was badly injured in a crash that occurred as police chased them on surface streets in Anaheim on Friday.

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Investigators on the scene of a fatal crash after a police pursuit in Anaheim on Jan. 10, 2014. (Credit KTLA)

The suspects’ white older-model Honda sedan was wrapped around a light pole at in the 3400 block of La Palma Avenue, in front of a Kaiser Permanente medical center.

The roadway was reopened just before 6 p.m. after an investigation that lasted several hours.

The two men had allegedly entered a Bank of the West and used a note given to a teller to rob the location, as well as a customer who was in line, police on the scene of the crash said.

When the men exited the bank, two people bank customers followed the suspects in their car, calling police to report their location.

“I happened to see a guy run and jump in a car and my car was already running,” said a witness who gave her name as Anna. “I thought it was the right thing to do, and I went after them.”

The witnesses gave police a description and license plate number, which Anaheim Police Department Lt. Tim Schmidt said was “extremely helpful” for officers, who were within a mile of the robbers.

When police caught up, a chase ensued and the suspects’ car crashed.

The driver was pronounced dead at Western Medical Center, and the passenger was in critical condition at UC Irvine Medical Center, the Los Angeles Times reported.

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contributed to this report.