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Bizarre twist to dramatic capture of two bank robbery suspects, one suspect found hiding in dumpster

Posted at 7:23 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 19:25:22-05

It's the 911 call that set off a chaotic chain of events. A bank teller called a police dispatcher to say a guy walked in with a bag, demanded money and said he was going to blow the place up.

In the moments that followed, two bank robbery suspects did their best to get away before police moved in.

Lyndhurst bank robbery suspects flip car in South Euclid, one suspect found hiding in dumpster

News 5 has learned more about the bizarre twist in their capture.

A patrolman was in the right place at the right time, as dozens of officers from six different departments descended onto a busy intersection in search of those suspects who drove off in a stolen SUV - the same SUV you see in dash camera video running a red light less than a mile from the bank.

"As far as this officer knew he saw a traffic violation," said Assistant Chief Joe Mays, South Euclid Police.

In the same dash cam video, you see the South Euclid patrolman turn the corner onto South Green and activate his lights and siren.

"He didn't know he was chasing a bank robber, he just thought he was going after somebody who ran a red light," said Mays.

Mays tells News 5 that when the officer realized the Jeep was traveling at a high rate of speed, he radioed dispatch that he was ending his pursuit.

“He knew there was an intersection that was coming up, he just backed off cause it's not worth it to jeopardize public safety for a red-light violation, because in his mind he didn't know he was chasing a bank robber," said Mays.

A look at the video shows that as the police cruiser crested a hill just south of Monticello, the lights go off and the siren is silenced.

In the distance, you can see the SUV flipped over on its side after crashing into a car.

One of the suspects was found injured inside, the other ran off, prompting a massive manhunt.

Only News 5 captured the dramatic takedown.

Thursday, we got a different vantage point as South Euclid Police released body camera video of the arrest.

See media player above for a look at the dramatic body cam video.

Both suspects are in police custody awaiting charges.

An FBI spokesperson tells News 5 they don't believe the pair is connected to any other bank robberies in the area.