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Man arrested after failed bank robbery attempt

Posted: Friday, Jan 6th, 2017

PASO ROBLES — Former Atascadero mayoral candidate Charles Scovell II was arrested last Friday after attempting to rob the Heritage Oaks Bank in Paso Robles and leading police on a chase that ultimately ended in him crashing a stolen vehicle and suffering major injuries.

On Friday, Dec. 30, at about 2:20 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Heritage Oaks Bank in the 500 block of 12th Street in Paso Robles. The suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Templeton resident Scovell, formerly of Atascadero, was trying to rob the bank teller through the drive through.

At the time of the report, Scovell was driving a 2017 Ford F250 pickup that he had stolen earlier from Paso Robles Ford, said Lt. Tim Murphy.

When police arrived, Scovell had already fled the scene. He continued to lead police on a pursuit through downtown Paso Robles, momentarily stopping and exiting the vehicle at 13th Street, where officers attempted to stop him, before driving off again northbound on Spring Street. He then headed east onto 24th Street and lastly onto Highway 46E toward Shandon.

By the time Scovell led police out of Paso Robles city limits, California Highway Patrol (CHP) became involved. It was not long after though that he crashed the vehicle near Bitterwater Road in unincorporated Kern County, more than 30 miles away from Paso Robles.

Scovell suffered major injuries in the single-vehicle accident and was airlifted to Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo, where his current condition is unknown, said Murphy. He is facing charges of attempted robbery, terrorist threats, auto theft and evading arrest.

Police said no one was injured during the attempted robbery nor was any money stolen from the teller, but the investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464.

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