Wal-Mart robbery suspect leads police on chase

SAN DIEGO -- A man accused of stealing items from a Serra Mesa Wal-Mart brandished a knife at employees before leading officers on a wild chase Sunday morning, police said.

Around 5:45 a.m., employees at a Wal-Mart located in the 3300 block of Murphy Canyon Road reported a man left the store with a tote full of unpaid items.

Employees say that when they confronted him, the suspect brandished a knife before taking off in a gold Suburban.

Police say he fled to southbound Interstate 15 where officers began pursuing the vehicle.

The chase continued from northbound Interstate I-5, eastbound SR-94, to southbound I-805 where the suspect finally exited in Valencia Park, according to Lt. Christian Sharp with San Diego Police Department.

Shortly after exiting the freeway, the suspect drove through fences belonging to businesses along Market Street.

The suspect made his way into a neighborhood near the intersection of 54th Street and Santa Margarita Street, where he was finally taken into custody.

The man appeared to have driven to an area where he knew people, said Lt. Sharp, and a woman was seen in handcuffs speaking to police at the scene.

Officials said no one was injured in the events.