A San Francisco man was arrested Wednesday morning after reportedly attempting to rob two Los Banos businesses and leading officers on a high-speed pursuit, according to authorities.
Los Banos Police responded to reports of an attempted robbery at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday at a business in the 2200 block of East Pacheco Boulevard, according to a news release.
A clerk at the business told police the suspect wearing a "Cali" baseball cap, baggy blue jeans and a black sweatshirt stated he had a gun and demanded cash, the release states. Once the clerk said she had no cash, the suspect fled on foot.
About 20 minutes later, a suspect with the same description successfully robbed another business in the 1500 block of West Pacheco Boulevard, according to the release. The suspect this time told the clerk he was armed with a firearm and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Detectives saw a suspect matching the description driving a vehicle west on Pacheco Boulevard, the release states. They followed the vehicle until it ran a stop light near the entrance to Merced College.
The suspect then led officers on a high speed pursuit for several minutes, at times driving in the wrong direction on the road, Police Cmdr. Jason Hedden told the Los Banos Enterprise.
The suspect eventually was taken into custody after driving down a dead-end on I Street, the release states.
He was identified as 27-year-old San Francisco resident Christopher Jordan Putney and was in custody Wednesday at the Los Banos Police Department Jail on $100,000 bail for robbery and felony evading, according to the release.
"Putney was reckless in his attempts to evade our officers," Hedden said in the release. "But I'm proud of the sound pursuit tactics and good judgment these officers used to bring this pursuit to a successful conclusion.
"Thankfully no one was hurt and the bad guy is in jail," Hedden said.