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Chula Vista police arrest bank robbery suspect armed with knife

A man armed with a knife robbed a bank teller late Tuesday morning in Chula Vista, but police officers responding to an earlier call about the same man quickly arrested him, police said.

The first 911 caller, who phoned police some time before noon, reported a man with a knife in the area of Third Avenue and Moss Street, police Sgt. Anthony Medina said in a news release.

As officers were responding to that call, a teller from the Wells Fargo on Third Avenue between K and L streets — about two blocks from the first call — phoned 911 and reported a robbery at the branch, Medina said. The bank employee provided a description of the bandit and said he was armed with a large knife, made off with cash and was last seen heading north on Third Avenue.

An officer already responding to the area for the first call headed toward the bank and spotted a man with a knife outside a Jack in the Box restaurant just north of the bank, Medina said. Officers detained the man, who they believed matched the description of the robber, and witnesses from the bank later identified him as the robber.

Chula Vista police arrested the man, a 58-year-old San Diego resident, and booked him into county jail on suspicion of a felony robbery count. Online jail records showed he remained in custody Tuesday night in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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