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2 bank robbery suspects in custody

October 31, 2012
By RYAN J. FOLEY , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

IOWA CITY - Two bank robbery suspects accused of shooting and wounding two law enforcement officers during a high-speed chase in northeast Iowa were captured Tuesday night.

"Both are in custody. They were cornered and gave up," said Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright.

The suspects' names weren't immediately released.

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Investigators collect potential evidence Tuesday, from Main Street in Maynard, after two armed men reportedly robbed the Maynard Savings Bank shortly before noon. Law enforcement officials surrounded a wooded area Tuesday in northeastern Iowa, where bank robbery suspects were believed to be hiding after shooting and injuring two officers during a high-speed chase.

The two men were captured about seven hours after the Maynard Savings Bank in Maynard was robbed. Police surrounded a wooded area near a rock quarry close to Frederika, a tiny town about 30 miles north of Waterloo.

"They were down crawling, trying to get out of the area," said Trooper Bob Conrad. "We had a tight perimeter. I felt very confident with that. We had a lot of officers out here and doing what they were trained to do. We buttoned it up."

Conrad said the suspects were captured without incident and no shots were fired. There were no injuries to law enforcement officers or the suspects, he said. Conrad said authorities also found firearms.

He said Waterloo police officers who were part of the team that found the suspects.

"(They) heard something. Followed up on what they were hearing and found our two suspects," Conrad said.

Earlier in the day, a SWAT team and officers from several agencies were at the site, and the state patrol was using airplanes to track the suspects' movement.

Officials on the ground and in the air had night vision equipment, as the search continued past nightfall.

Conrad said officers saw the two men "for a brief time" after they left the car. Police asked local residents to stay in their homes and not to leave their keys in their vehicles.

The police action came after violence that shook a normally sleepy part of rural Iowa.

First, two suspects robbed the Maynard Savings Bank in Maynard, a town of 520 people, shortly before noon, said Iowa Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Jessica Lown. No one was injured during the robbery.

The suspects fled in a car, and police were soon in pursuit. The chase ended about an hour later 30 miles northwest of Maynard near Frederika, Lown said.

She said the suspects jumped out of the car at the quarry and fled on foot into woods. The officers were shot by "the suspects that they were pursuing," but it's not clear when that happened, Lown said.

Conrad said late Tuesday afternoon that Trooper Mark Domino was shot in the upper right arm. He said a bullet passed through his bicep. Domino, who's based in Mason City, was treated and released from the hospital a few hours earlier.

"He's in good spirits, considering," Conrad said.

Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain was shot in the neck, the hand area and the thumb.

Conrad said Tuesday night that Cain was out of surgery and was in stable but critical condition. Cain was airlifted to Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

"I know it means he's out of life-threatening condition at this point and time. We're very thankful to hear that," he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Cain and his family. That's all I can tell you," said Sumner Mayor Gary Walke.

 
 

 

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