Robbery suspect caught after high-speed chase

Nov. 11, 2010 at 5:11 a.m.

A Victoria man was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery after leading police on a high-speed chase Wednesday night.

Victoria Police Chief Bruce Ure said Homar Cortina, 27, held a gun on a man who was walking in the 600 block of Water Street.

The victim's wallet, containing an unspecified amount of money, was taken.

Police located the suspect's white Chevrolet Suburban a short time later with help from a witness.

Victoria Police Officer Joseph Felan tried unsuccessfully to stop the Suburban, which sped up instead.

During the chase, Cortina threw out the gun, which was later recovered.

The chase ended about 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of Commercial and Laurent streets when the Suburban was cornered in an alley.

Cortina, the driver, got bumped by the officer's patrol car as he attempted to exit and flee on foot.

He was caught a short time later.

No one was injured.

"I'm sure there will be questions about the way the pursuit ended, but unless our officer was clairvoyant, he had no idea about what the suspect's actions would be," said Ure, who called the robbery a crime of opportunity. "The officer acted appropriately."

He added, "We're thankful that everybody walked away without receiving injury."

The Suburban's other three occupants, some of who ran after the vehicle finally stopped, were not charged.

Cortina was charged with aggravated robbery, evading arrest and driving with a suspended license.

He had a previous arrest for robbery within the last year.



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