On December 9, 2017, at approximately 4:15 P.M., officers from the Lake Elsinore Police Department responded to the report of a bank robbery in the 29000 block of Canyon Hills Road, Lake Elsinore. Witnesses stated the suspect fled the scene in a gold Buick sedan on Railroad Canyon Road towards the Interstate 15 freeway.
Lake Elsinore officers located the vehicle travelling on the northbound Interstate 15 freeway. The suspect immediately attempted to evade the officers, who initiated a pursuit of the vehicle. During the pursuit, the suspect threw evidence from the robbery onto the freeway. The suspect exited the freeway at Cajalco Road and collided with another vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident, and later taken to a local hospital for injuries sustained in the collision. The vehicle the suspect collided with fled the scene after the collision and has not been identified at this time.
The Interstate 15 freeway was closed with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol for a period to recover evidence from the freeway discarded by the suspect. Witnesses stated motorists stopped along the freeway, collected evidence discarded by the suspect during the pursuit, and then drove away from the area. Detectives are actively seeking any witnesses who can provide information towards the recovery of the evidence.
The suspect, later identified as Thomas Burke, 27, a resident of Murrieta, is currently being treated for his injuries, and will subsequently booked for robbery, felony evading, and parole violations.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300.