Police crime scene tape covers the teller window where the robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank branch in the Deer Valley Safeway store, Saturday night, May 16. photo by Allen Payton
Shawn McGee, Sr.
By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau
On Saturday, May 16, 2015 at approximately 6:15 P.M, a male walked into the Safeway store on Deer Valley Road and approached a teller at the Wells Fargo bank branch inside the store. The suspect produced a firearm and demanded money from the bank employee. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money and fled the store. The suspect got into a nearby vehicle and fled north on Hillcrest Avenue.
A witness to the robbery followed the suspect as he entered westbound Highway 4 and was able to provide Antioch Police Dispatch with a license plate, description and location of the vehicle. Antioch Police Officers intercepted the vehicle and attempted an enforcement stop. The suspect vehicle did not yield and a pursuit ensued involving both Antioch Police Officers and Officers from the California Highway Patrol.
The pursuit came to an end in Oakland when the suspect ran from the vehicle and into an apartment in the 10500 block of Topanga Drive. This was not the suspect’s residence and he took a resident hostage. Oakland Police Department’s SWAT team responded to address the standoff. Eventually the hostage was able to escape and Oakland Police were able to affect the arrest of the suspect without incident. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. The money stolen from the bank was recovered. Antioch PD Investigators were in Oakland coordinating the cooperative investigation with Oakland PD, CHP and the FBI.
An Antioch Police Officer interviews a witness inside the Deer Valley Safeway store following a robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch. photo by Allen Payton
Shawn McGee, Sr., age 51 of Oakland, was arrested and booked into Contra Costa County jail on multiple charges, including robbery, burglary, making terrorist threats, unlawful imprisonment and felony evading of police.
The bank branch was forced to close early for the investigation of the robbery.
The case is still being investigated by the Antioch Police Department’s Investigations Bureau.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Colley with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6922. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.