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Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested After Crash

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Two suspects wanted in connection with an afternoon bank robbery are in custody tonight, following a police chase through east Erie.

The chase ended in a crash that sent one man to the hospital.

The situation, came to an end at the intersection of East 21st and German Street around 4:20 p.m. Thursday.  The robbery happened just before 4:00 p.m. at the Citizens Bank at West 38th and Peach Streets.

"When they arrived at the bank, they were able to give out a good description of a vehicle, and a male subject that had passed a note and committed the crime," said Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers.

Police say the suspect---described as a white male with glasses---left the scene with a woman accomplice in a gray car, which was quickly spotted near West 26th and Peach Streets.

After a brief chase, the suspect crashed into an SUV at East 21st and German Streets and attempted to run away.  But, he was arrested moments later along with a female suspect.

Reverend Willie Sanders Junior's father was injured in the crash.  According to Sanders, his father was on the way to pick up his son from school.

"Robbing banks is not the answer," said Sanders.  "Not only are you throwing your life away, and almost cause an innocent citizen some harm, almost cost him his life, but you got to find a better solution."

Chief Bowers credits his officers for their quick work.

"We're happy any time we can end something like this safely," said Chief Bowers.  "It looks like it was just good, alert police work."

As of tonight, police have not released the names of the two suspects.

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