Alert Citizen Recognizes Bank Robber after California Highway Patrol Pursuit
On August 15, at 11:10 a.m., the City of Carlsbad Police Department responded to a report of a robbery which had just occurred at the U.S. Bank located in the 7700 block of El Camino Real. It was reported that a white male adult had presented a note demanding money.
The suspect, described as having a distinctive tattoo on his neck and wearing a gray hoodie, was seen fleeing in a white Ford Explorer.
At approximately 3:08 p.m., the California Highway Patrol became involved in the pursuit of a white Ford Explorer in the area of Highway 76 and Highway 395. The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed the vehicle and was taken into custody.
An alert citizen who had witnessed the vehicle flee the bank robbery also saw news coverage of the CHP pursuit. That citizen called Carlsbad Police and stated he believed the Explorer was the same one he had seen flee the robbery.
Investigators conducted a records check of the registered owner and saw the owner had a distinctive tattoo on his neck as described in the robbery. A search of the suspect’s Explorer resulted in the seizure of evidence related to the robbery.
The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Timothy Allen Bliss, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on one count of robbery and commercial burglary, along with additional charges related to the pursuit. Bliss claimed to be transient.
The Carlsbad Police Department would like to thank members of the community for their assistance in solving this case.
“Effective policing takes teamwork and alert citizens who report their observations to law enforcement help to keep the community of Carlsbad safe,” stated Crimes of Violence Detective Sergeant Darbie Ernst, whose investigators worked on this case.
The Carlsbad Police Department would also like to thank the California Highway Patrol for their assistance and professionalism.