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Citizen Commended For Helping Cops Catch Robber Who ‘Would’ve Gotten Away’

A man who spotted an armed robber fleeing after a bank stick up called 911, followed the suspect and provided information that led to his arrest.

For the effort, the police department last week commended the citizen, who is not being named to protect his identity.

“This guy would’ve gotten away with it,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez. “There was no plate on the blue truck, and luckily for us he stayed right behind him until officers were able to catch up.”

The action began to unfold on a Saturday about 2 p.m. outside an Anaheim credit union on Orangewood Avenue. The citizen waited in the parking lot for his wife when he spotted the robber race out of the bank, a gun in his hand.

The citizen gave chase as officers responded to the alarm.

Officers caught up to the robber near the Ball Road off-ramp of the 57 freeway. But the chase didn’t end there.

The robber led officers on a pursuit through the city of Orange. It finally ended when officers used a pit maneuver to pin the robber’s truck against the house.

Inside the car: “The gun was there, the wig. Scary,” said Martinez. “The citizen’s willingness to get involved truly made a difference.”