ENCINITAS–A robbery suspect was arrested after he led Sheriff deputies on a motorcycle pursuit through Encinitas.
The suspect, 53-year-old Robert Parkin, was described as a white male adult with a silver handgun and wearing a black motorcycle helmet.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s North Coastal Station received a call of an armed robbery in progress at the El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant in the 800 block of Birmingham Drive. As deputies were responding, the call was updated to say the suspect had fled the scene on a blue motorcycle.
Within minutes, deputies saw a blue motorcycle with a rider matching the suspect’s description, near the intersection of Santa Fe Drive and El Camino Real. Deputies attempted to stop the motorcycle but the rider failed to yield and a short pursuit ensued.
The pursuit ended in the 1700 block of El Camino Real when the rider of the motorcycle lost control and crashed near the entrance of an apartment complex. The man was able to quickly get to his feet and run from the scene of the accident. A deputy gave chase on foot and caught up with the man about 100 feet from the accident scene. There was a confrontation between the deputy and the man. During the confrontation, the deputy fired multiple rounds at the man, striking him several times in the lower portion of his body. He was taken into custody without further incident. Deputies rendered first aid to the man until paramedics could arrive.
He was transported to a local hospital where he is receiving treatment for his wounds which are considered non-life threatening. No law enforcement officials were injured in the confrontation.
Authorities did find a silver colored handgun and cash believed to have been taken during the armed robbery.