EL SEGUNDO (CBS) — Authorities have arrested a suspected bank robber who led authorities on a high speed chase from Orange County through the South Bay.

The pursuit began around 1 p.m. following the robbery of El Banco Popular at 1801 North Euclid Street in Fullerton.

Officials say Joe Pettis, 40, of Anaheim,  passed a note demanding money to a teller around 12:48 p.m. No weapon was seen and Pettis fled with an unknown amount of money.

Fullerton police say the chase  began almost immediately. The suspect then led authorities on the westbound 91 Freeway and later transitioned to the southbound 110 Freeway and the streets of the South Bay.

triple threat bandit Suspected Bank Robber Surrenders To Police Following High Speed Chase Pettis is believed to be the  “Triple Threat Bandit” who robbed three banks in Orange County on Aug. 19.

He is also alleged to have robbed a Farmers and Merchants branch at 5101 Lakewood Blvd. in Lakewood earlier Thursday, then held up Banco Popular in Fullerton, said Ari Dekofsky of the FBI.

Pettis  surrendered to authorities around 2:10 p.m. at the Prairie off-ramp.

No one was hurt during the chase.

Comments (11)
  1. Eric Middleton says:

    I am sick and tired of watching these police car chases where people are resorting to robbing banks to feed their children, or whatever the motive is, and get shot and killed when the people on wallstreet do the same thing to American people and are allowed to get away with it. We are Americans not terrorists. But we are forced to become terrorists in order to survive. We are like knats in a jar when they become overpopulated, they begin to kill each other and eat each other in order to survive. We are treated like terrorists at the airport, because we are still no more secure than we were before 911. Somebody please respond!!

    1. Kaia Nausherwani says:

      there’s no hope….kill yourself already…..i opened the jar 2 weeks ago and you welfare GNATS refuse to reintegrate!!

  2. Astonished says:

    I’m not sure where you get your basis of comparison from on why this guy was robbing banks, but I don’t think the teller will agree with your take on this crime. No where in any article does it say this bank robber was robbing the bank to feed their family. Besides, if feeding the family were the real reason, why steal money and not food. Let’s face it greed is greed, plain and simple. I have very little money to bring up my family, but I have never resorted to depriving anyone else of what is rightfully theirs. And I never will.

    I for one appreciate the fact that law enforcement is out there doing what my tax dollars pay for, upholding the law. If your not happy with the way the United States is run, I’m sure there arde quite a few deserted islands around, one of which you could claim as yor very own and run any way you want.

    1. Why Don't You Get A Job? says:

      Very well said, Astonished! You took the words right out of my mouth! Eric Middleton is probably one of those people who resort to a criminal life because he thinks it’s the only way to survive. Ever hear of JOBS, Eric? There are plenty of openings for pickers, you know. They earn quite a living too.

  3. j says:

    Corrupt DEA where stealing drugs from evidence vaults and reselling them to cover extensive credit card debt.

    They also are creating suspects by planting evidence just so that they can steal from them.

    Given the choice of suspension or dealing with their debt most DEA are thinking outside the box.

  4. Amy says:

    And of course he was black…what else is new. And then they wonder why we don’t want to rent nor sell housing to them. Duuuuuuuuuu…lol

    1. courtney says:

      Amy what does race have anything to do with it

      1. USC Trojan says:

        Totally agree with Amy. Race has A LOT to do with it because the majority of males and females in jail/prisons are black. Statistics don’t lie. The truth hurts but someone has to say it 🙂

  5. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    Race ? look at todats news, san bernardino shooter arrested, signal hull shooter of USC party arrested, former Laker arreated for shooting, now this bank robber, all black , in a matter of one day.

    1. Astonished says:

      So? That’s four crimes out of how many? Crime exists in all nationalities, ethnicities and cultures. It all depends on the density in the area. And as for her comment on renting or selling to “them” . . .well that’s just ignorant. I have had encounters with “Whites” that would make most Blacks and Hispanics look like angels.

      Amy needs to come out of the 50’s and 60’s and open her eyes.

  6. Mary says:

    What has happened to the five W’s of reporting????? When I was in school we were taught a story had to include
    and Why
    Stories on the internet or on our local news, rarely tell us the five W’s. I want to know.
    As for this man………Throw the book at him. Again, he didn’t have any parenting as he grew up, he just existed with his own thoughts until he left home. Without really knowing his story, this is my guess. A man that was Taught by his parents, wouldn’t even think of doing this!

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