Attempted armed robbery leads to high-speed chase


A man suspected of an attempted armed robbery at Sears in Mountain View was arrested after he flipped his car during a high-speed chase Tuesday evening, police said.

It all began at about 5:15 p.m. on June 14, when the man was stopped by security staff of the Sears at San Antonio Shopping Center, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. Upon being confronted by the department store's loss prevention team, the man allegedly pulled out a gun, then fled the store, leaving a Blu-ray player behind.

Sears security called 911 with a description of the man's vehicle -- a red Cadillac -- along with his license plate number, Wylie said.

Shortly thereafter, officers in an unmarked Mountain View police car and a Palo Alto police car spotted a Cadillac matching the description provided by the Sears security team, Wylie said. The officers attempted to stop the car, but the driver sped off on East Bayshore Road toward East Palo Alto.

During the brief chase, the Cadillac reached speeds over 80 mph before flipping over for reasons that have yet to be determined, Wylie said.

The driver, whom Wylie identified as 42-year-old East Palo Alto resident James Daniels, was arrested and treated for an abrasion on his arm. He declined transport to the hospital.

Daniels was positively identified by Sears staff and charged with attempted armed robbery and felony evasion of police, Wylie said.

Wylie said police are still looking for the gun that Sears staff say Daniels flashed during the robbery.


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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Good thing they caught the guy and nobody was seriously hurt. Thanks MVPD and PAPD!

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Posted by Marshall
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Nice work Police!

Lets hope he spends a long time in the slammer.

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