Garden Grove police are investigating whether a man arrested Thursday following a pursuit and crash in Riverside could be tied to nearly two dozen fast food restaurant robberies in Orange County this month.
“Due to the complex nature of the investigation, and the number of potential victims/witnesses involved, we will not be putting out any new information related to any possible connection between Riverside (police’s) robbery suspect and our robberies until our investigation is complete,” read a statement released by Garden Grove Police Friday morning. “We want to insure that our investigation is not tainted in any way that may hinder prosecution of a possible suspect.”
A request to speak with a Riverside Police Department official was not immediately returned.
Thursday’s afternoon pursuit was triggered by a report of a robbery at a Carl’s Jr. in the area of Magnolia Avenue and Ross Street.
The unidentified man drove off from the location with a second man, but witnesses were able to give 911 dispatchers a description of the getaway car, police officials said. A few minutes later, an officer spotted the speeding vehicle near the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Jefferson Street.
After initially pulling the vehicle over, the driver accelerated away with the officer in pursuit, Riverside police officials said.
The chase eventually reached the Mission Grove area of the city, where the driver lost control on a dead end sending the vehicle into a gully, where the vehicle caught fire, police said.
The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended. He suffered minor injuries and was transported to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment.
One man managed to get away but police managed to apprehend the other, police officials said.
The Fast Food Bandit, as he’s been dubbed, has hit at least 20 eateries in Orange County in July alone, according to law enforcement officials.
On Wednesday, the prolific thief hit two fast food…