Robbery suspect drives into lake to avoid capture

Published: Aug. 5, 2018 at 7:22 PM EDT
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The suspect in an armed bank robbery at a gas station in Enosburgh led police on a 20-mile chase.

Saturday night, police say an armed man robbed the Maplefields gas station in Enosburgh. The store clerk told police a man threatened her with a weapon. Police say he left with cash, cigarettes and junk food.

"He was last seen leaving the area in a dark-colored car," said Deputy Griswold of the Franklin County Sheriff's Dept.

Before driving away, the clerk noticed a monitor on the suspect's ankle.

Through his ankle monitor, police were able to ID the man and tracked him down as he traveled through Berkshire.

Police say when they tried to pull the suspect over, the man fled and led police on a pursuit for 20 miles into St. Albans.

"We deployed spikes in St. Albans," said Sgt. Chad Miles of the Franklin County Sheriff's Dept.

Police say he kept driving and continued onto a dock at the waterfront. They say he then drove straight into the St. Albans Bay.

"Once the vehicle hit the water, it took him a few minutes, he was able to escape the vehicle. He continued to swim further out into the lake. Other units caught him on the adjacent dock over there," Miles said.

Police removed the car from the water late Saturday night.

The suspect was immediately taken into custody and faces numerous charges. Police have not yet identified him.