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Jerry Lee Franklin, Suspected Of Credit Union Robbery, Leads Police On Wild Chase Ending With Dog Bite

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West Covina, CA police apprehend a man suspected of robbing the First Federal Credit Union.
West Covina, CA police apprehend a man suspected of robbing the First Federal Credit Union.

WEST COVINA, Calif. -- A robbery suspect led police on a chase through Los Angeles suburbs that included his apparent girlfriend climbing into his still-moving van and ended with a dog bite.

West Covina police tell City News Service the man jumped into a white van outside a just-robbed credit union Monday, and police gave chase.

It led to Whittier, where the van slowed while the woman jumped on, then climbed in through a rear window.

The van soon stopped and she surrendered, but he refused.

Police sent in a dog and he scampered out as it bit his legs, cash spilling from the van.

Police say they recovered a gun tossed from the vehicle.

The man was hospitalized for the dog bite and the woman was arrested. Police have not released their names.EDITOR'S NOTE: The Associated Press didn't name the suspect when the article was first published, but other news organizations, like the Whittier Daily News, identified the driver and suspected robber as Jerry Lee Franklin.

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