Chase Bank robbery suspect in custody

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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Roseville – At about 9:47 a.m. Tuesday, a witness called Roseville Police Department reporting a male suspect inside Chase Bank with a firearm and demanding money from a teller.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money, exited the bank and fled the scene, according to police. The Chase Bank branch is at 1800 Douglas Blvd.

Officers knew beforehand that there might be a specific vehicle involved, based on previous bank robberies, according to Roseville Police Department public information officer Rob Baquera. The late model golden sedan was already profiled with previous robberies in the Roseville area.

Officers noticed a vehicle matching that description leave the scene. They tried to get the suspect to stop but he sped up instead, according to Baquera.

A few minutes later, the suspect was involved in a traffic collision that trapped him in his vehicle, according to Roseville police. The suspect was taken into custody at 9:58 a.m. and provided medical treatment for minor injuries sustained in the vehicle accident, according to Baquera.

The suspect is Michael Anthony Tapia, 69, of Lincoln, according to Baquera.

“We believe this individual and vehicle are connected to some of the previous robberies,” Baquera said.

Tapia’s charges include robbery, assault with a deadly weapon (firearm), criminal threats, burglary, felon in possession of handgun, felon in possession of ammunition, and evasion from police.

Tapia was booked Tuesday morning and is now at the South Placer County Jail in Roseville, according to Roseville police. Tapia’s bail is set at $1 million.  

Two other vehicles were involved in the traffic collision and those individuals were transported to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries, according to Baquera.

The Roseville Police Department and the FBI are investigating the robbery.