CARLSBAD, Calif. — A 33-year-old man who allegedly robbed a bank in Carlsbad and, hours later, led California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit that ended in a crash in the Fallbrook area was behind bars Tuesday.
Around 11 a.m. Monday, a man with a “distinctive” neck tattoo used a demand note to rob a US Bank branch on El Camino Real near La Costa Avenue, then escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in a white Ford Explorer, according to a Carlsbad police statement.
About four hours later, CHP officers tried to stop a similar SUV in the vicinity of state Route 76 and Old Highway 395, but the driver continued on until he crashed, police said.
A witness called police after seeing the SUV on the news and told officers he believed it was the same one he saw speed away from the bank. Police said records showed the SUV was owned by a man with a neck tattoo similar to that described by a bank teller.
Timothy Allen Bliss was arrested on suspicion of robbery and other charges and was subsequently booked into jail. Carlsbad police said a search of his Explorer turned up evidence related to the robbery.