Employees, Customers Pepper Sprayed During Heist - NBC 7 San Diego

Employees, Customers Pepper Sprayed During Heist

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    One suspect went behind the counter to get to the cash.

    UPDATED: Two people suspected in a takeover-style robbery at a Bank of America in San Carlos were in police custody Sunday, San Diego police said.

    Two men wearing black clothing, hoodies, and ski masks entered the Bank of America and told everyone to get down on the floor at the bank at 7404 Jackson St. about 10:45 a.m. Saturday. They were armed with a handgun, a large barreled weapon, and pepper spray, police said.

    The men ordered two employees and six customers to the floor, according to San Diego police Sgt. Art Campa.  One suspect went behind the counter to get to the cash. 

    "The customers and bank employees were sprayed with pepper spray.  One suspect collected money from various teller cash drawers," Sgt. Ray Battrick said.

    The suspects fled in a sedan.  A witness tipped police with a description of the getaway vehicle, and a police helicopter was over it almost immediately, Campa said.  The suspects were arrested in two different vehicles at Compton Street and Chambers Street in El Cajon. 

    The people in the bank were treated for exposure to pepper spray, but no one went to the hospital.