Suspect in bank robbery, chase identified

Police investigate a bank Robbery on Bluff St., St. George, Utah. July 31, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A woman allegedly involved in a bank robbery Thursday in St. George and resulting high-speed chase and standoff that ended in Nevada had been identified as Sandeep Kaur, 24, out of Union City, California, and charged with felonies in two states, among other lesser charges.

On Thursday, a person described as wearing a dark hoodie, large dark sunglasses, a surgical mask, and dark pants walked into the US Bank at 791 S. Bluff Street and handed a teller a note. According to a report by St. George Police Detective Adam Olmstead, the note read, “You have two minutes to give me a large sum of cash or I will shoot you. This is not a joke HURRY.”

The teller complied and the suspect walked out with the note and an undisclosed amount of money. Another bank employee followed the suspect outside and was able to get a description of the suspect’s car for police.

St. George Police found the car on southbound I-15 near the Utah-Arizona border.

“They followed the vehicle until Arizona Highway Patrol arrived and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle,” Olmstead wrote.“The vehicle failed to respond to the officer’s signal to stop and a high speed pursuit followed into the State of Nevada.”

The Nevada Highway Patrol successfully stopped the car around milepost 92 on southbound I-15 in Nevada. St. George Police posted on Facebook and Twitter the suspect has been identified as a woman, and said she was refusing to leave her car. This triggered a standoff on I-15 that drew in police officers from Mesquite, Nevada, and Las Vegas Metro Police.

Mesquite Police detective Sgt. MaQuade Chesley said the woman surrendered to police around 7:10 p.m., Utah time.

The woman has since been identified as Sandeep Kaur, 24, who is listed as having address out of Union City, California. She was taken into custody by Mesquite Police and soon after interviewed by Olmstead.

After being read her rights and expressing she was willing to talk, Kaur told Olmstead she acted alone and “stated the note used mentioned she would shoot someone if she was not given a sum of money,” according to Olmstead’s report.

Kaur is currently being kept at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas. She has been charged with a felony and two misdemeanors in relation to not obeying a the orders of a peace officer and reckless driving. Her bails stands at $16,000.

In Utah, Kaur has been charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery with a cash-only bail of $50,000 attached.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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