Charles Robertson no longer suspect in Chase Bank robbery

Further investigation revealed that Charles Robertson was not a suspect in this offense and he was released from custody. The investigation into the identification and location of the two outstanding suspects is continuing. 

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On Wednesday at about 3:20 p.m., Bakersfield police received a call regarding a robbery to a person occurring in the Chase Bank parking lot located at the Marketplace at 9000 Ming Ave. The reporting party advised that the suspect vehicle was a blue Nissan Maxima that fled westbound on Ming Ave occupied by four men in their 30s.

The loss from the robbery was reported to be a large duffle bag and currency. The victim was uninjured in this offense. 

At about 3:30 p.m., a Bakersfield police officer said they saw the dark blue Nissan Maxima occupied by four men traveling westbound on Ashe Rd. at White Ln. The vehicle pulled into the parking lot of the Meineke Muffler business at 6541 White Ln., officer said. 

As the vehicle pulled into the parking lot, three of the suspects in the vehicle jumped out of the car and fled eastbound on foot across Ashe Road, according to Sgt. Joseph Grubbs. The officer pulled into the parking lot and exited his vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle made what witnesses describe as a rapid u-turn driving directly at the officer, Grubbs said. One witness described the driver as trying to run the officer over, according to Grubbs. The officer fired several rounds at the driver of the suspect vehicle, according to Grubbs. The vehicle fled from the parking lot and northbound on Ashe Rd. 

The officer reentered his vehicle and pursued the suspect vehicle northbound on Ashe Road. The suspect vehicle accelerated to over 100 mph when the driver lost control and skidded to a stop in the middle of the roadway 200 yards south of Stockdale Highway, according to Grubbs. The driver, who had been wounded by the officer’s gunfire, exited the vehicle and was taken into custody at that location. Loss from the offense was recovered at the scene. He was transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

The driver of the suspect vehicle has been identified as Eric Miles Jr. 23. He was arrested on charges of robbery, conspiracy, evading and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. Additional charges may be pending. 

Additional officers arrived in the area of White Lane and Ashe Road and, with the assistance of several citizens’ calls to the communications center, began searching the area for the outstanding suspects. At about 4 p.m., a second suspect was located in the 6300 block of District Blvd. That suspect was identified as Brandon Burns, 29. When Burns was taken into custody he had injuries to his hands and chest consistent with jumping fences, Grubbs said. Burns was transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment of his injuries which were described as minor. Burns was arrested on charges of robbery and conspiracy. Additional charges may be pending. 

The fourth suspect has not yet been located. The outstanding suspect is described only as a black man. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Jeff Watts at (661) 326-3543 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111. 

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