Wheelchair-bound robbery suspect leads cops on chase through city

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A man in a wheelchair was taken into custody after he allegedly robbed a Kmart and gave chase to police Tuesday night, police said.

A witness told Chula Vista police that the suspect stole numerous items from the Kmart in the 800 block of East H Street around 9:30 p.m. When the man was confronted, he pulled out a gun before leaving in a maroon van with disabled plates.

Chula Vista police attempted to stop the van as it was getting on northbound Interstate 805 from East H Street, but the driver continued north towards San Diego, police said.

San Diego police joined Chula Vista officers in a “lengthy pursuit” around the city.  Officers deployed spike strips to puncture the van’s tires, but the driver apparently avoided them. The chase ended when the driver pulled into  the parking lot of downtown San Diego police headquarters. He stopped and exited the van in a motorized wheelchair, police said.

“Fortunately, he complied with our directives, but he was armed with two firearms,” Chula Vista police Lt. Buddy Magor said. “He had a shoulder holster and a semi-auto handgun under his arm, and he had a small revolver that was cocked and ready to go under his leg.”

The man was identified as 29-year-old Mike Hanby.

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