The bank robbery suspect made his getaway in a U-Haul truck. Source: WBRC video
The suspect is accused of robbing the PNC Bank on 1st Avenue North. Source: Karen Church
Birmingham Police shut down the area near the crash site due to downed power lines. The suspect apparently knocked down a power pole when he crashed. Source: Karen Church
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
Birmingham Police have a bank robbery suspect in custody after the man lead them on a vehicle chase in a U-Haul truck. The chase ended in a crash near the old Carraway Hospital.
This afternoon's events all began around 4:30 p.m. when police say a single suspect entered the PNC Bank on 1927 1st N. and took an undisclosed amount of money.
Police say an individual witnessed the suspect fleeing in a U-Haul truck and followed the suspect. The individual also alerted police and when officers caught up with the truck, the suspect lead them on a vehicle chase.
The suspect eventually crashed in front of what used to be part of the old Carraway hospital. Police say there was a short foot chase before they apprehended the suspect.
In that crash, police say the suspect knocked down a power pole.For safety reasons, police have blocked off the area around 25th Street North and 16th Avenue South.
No injuries have been reported in Monday afternoon's events and police have recovered all of the money taken from the bank. Police also recovered a handgun at the crash site.
Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said the suspect's identity and photo are being withheld pending formal charges. Check back to MyFoxAl.com for more updates as this story develops.