Woman Clings to Side of Van During High Speed Pursuit
By KTLA News, Courtesy CNN
WHITTIER, California — Police officials released the names of the man and woman involved in a wild police pursuit Monday morning after the man allegedly robbed a West Covina bank.
Officers arrested parolee-at-large Jerry Lee Franklin, 39, of Whitter, on suspicion of robbery, resisting arrest and felony evading, according to a news release issued by the West Covina Police Department.
They also arrested Yvonne Jeanette Farano, 36, of Whitter, on suspicion of obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
The events leading to the pursuit began just after 10 a.m. Monday at the First Financial Credit Union in the 2500 block of E. Workman Ave. in West Covina.
Franklin entered the credit union armed with a gun and passed a note to a teller demanding cash, according to the news release.
The teller complied and Franklin left the bank, speeding off in a white mini-van.
West Covina police caught up with him heading west on the 10 Freeway near the Puente Avenue off-ramp.
With officers chasing him, Franklin then drove south on the 605 Freeway before exiting at Whittier Boulevard, leading the pursuit onto surface streets.
During the chase, Franklin slowed down as Farano, wearing a red jacket, approached the mini-van, waving her arms in the air.
She then grabbed onto the side of the mini-van as it passed.
She clung for life on the side of the mini-van as officers tried to stop the pursuit using a PIT maneuver.
After a brief struggle, Farano climbed inside the min-van through an open window.
As the chase continued, Franklin threw a gun out the window, according to the news release.
Franklin finally stopped near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Mar Vista Street.
Farano got out of the mini-van with her hands raised. Police quickly took her into custody.
Franklin stayed inside the mini-van until officers sent a police dog named “Rambo” in to flush him out.
He jumped out of the van and the dog, a 7-year veteran, dragged him to the ground as cash spilled out of the driver’s seat.
Police arrested him without further incident.
Paramedics took Franklin to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for an injury caused by the police dog.
Franklin was paroled a year ago after serving almost 9-years for carjacking.
FBI agents said he also had prior convictions for robbery and grand theft.
They also said Franklin could be a serial bank robber.