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Man wanted in Elk Grove robbery leads to Greenhaven-area search

Sacramento police have ended an approximately three-hour search for a man suspected of robbing an Elk Grove bank Friday morning.

The incident began about 10:45 a.m. when Elk Grove police responded to a report of an alarm at the California Community Credit Union on Laguna Boulevard. When officers arrived, they learned that a robbery had just occurred. They were told that a man had entered the bank, leaped over the teller counter and demanded money, said Officer Joaquin Farinha, Elk Grove police spokesman. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the man fled in a silver-colored four-door sedan, heading west on Laguna Boulevard.

Farinha said a Sacramento police officer traveling on Interstate 5 heard the call reporting the robbery and vehicle description and spotted the vehicle.

Sacramento police pursued the vehicle to the area of Riverside Boulevard and 43rd Avenue in the Greenhaven area. The man then abandoned the vehicle and ran off. Sacramento police spokeswoman Officer Traci Trapani said officers established a perimeter and searched the area. The staff at Brookfield School on Riverside Boulevard heard the sirens and initiated a voluntary lockdown as a precaution, she said.

Police suspended their search of the area about 2 p.m. after failing to find the man.

The bank robber was described as black, in his mid 30s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a blue beanie or black hoodie and black pants.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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