Photos: Tom and Nadin Abbott
Jan 25, 2016 (San Diego) Jonathan McCant, known as the “Bank Hit bandit,” was arrested this morning by San Diego Police Officers. According to San Diego Police Lieutenant Todd Griffith, unit commander of the robbery division McCant was identified by a patrol officer from Western Division. Officers across all divisions received photos of the suspect. This was an alert officer doing good police work.
After this officer recognized him, other Officers proceeded to stop him. “McCant initially stopped. When officers stated giving him commands he started his car back up and drove away.”
A short pursuit ensued that ended at the parking lot of the YMCA on Friars Rd, where McCant hit a parked vehicle, taking off the rear fender. He also hit the fence and tried to make to the river.
According to Griffin “he made it to the river bed with officers in pursuit. We also had a K-9 that was part of that foot chase. The K-9 was deployed. The K-9 contacted the suspect; took him down and affected a bite. Took him down and held him there until officers were able to respond and take him into custody.” He was taken to the hospital for treatment for that dog bite.
McCant was dubbed the bag trick bandit when he gestured with his hand inside a bag during one of the robberies. He also displayed a semi-automatic gun in at least one of the robberies. It was not clear if he was armed when he was placed in custody. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, he is a suspect in the following bank robberies, not all of them successful:
- January 22, 2017: U.S. Bank Branch at 3645 Midway Drive in San Diego, California
- January 8, 2017: U.S. Bank branch at 3645 Midway Drive in San Diego, California
- January 5, 2017: Wells Fargo branch at 4725 Clairemont Drive in San Diego, California (attempted robbery)
- December 21, 2016: U.S. Bank branch at 4195 Genesee Avenue in San Diego, California
- December 21, 2016: Bank of America branch at 2341 Ulric Street in San Diego, California (attempted robbery)
After treatment, he is expected to be taken down to Police Headquarters to be questioned by San Diego Police and Federal Agents. He will be charged with a series of felonies, and that will include failure to yield to an officer.