Bank robbery suspect nabbed after getting lost while fleeing

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Call him the “Directionally Challenged Bandit.”

A bank robbery suspect was arrested Thursday after getting lost while allegedly trying to make his getaway through a sprawling Clairemont Mesa apartment complex.

The heist at the Chase Bank branch office in the 5800 block of Balboa Avenue was reported about 10 a.m., according to San Diego police.

After using a demand note to get cash from a teller, the bandit left the bank and jumped over a fence while fleeing the area, SDPD Officer Frank Cali said.

A short time later, police received a call from someone who reported seeing a man shedding clothes near the scene of the crime.

As an SDPD helicopter crew circled above the neighborhood, broadcasting the robber's description over public-address system, several other people reported spotting a suspicious looking man in the area, carrying a blue bag.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m., a worker at a leasing office at a residential complex in the 3800 block of Genesee Avenue, roughly a half-mile southwest of the bank, made a 911 call to say that the suspected bandit had just been there, asking how to get off the property.

A few minutes later, officers arrived in the area and arrested 24-year- old Justin Rose, who was carrying a small nylon satchel full of money, Lt. Jerry Mills said.

Tellers from the recently robbed bank were brought to the area and positively identified Rose as the suspected thief, even though he was clad in a different shirt, shorts and baseball cap than those the bandit had been wearing.

The suspect was believed to have had two set of clothing on during the crime, after which he jettisoned the outer layer while attempting in vain to make his getaway, the lieutenant said.

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