Search for suspect in robbery and crash

November 5, 2008 4:13:48 PM PST
The search for a robbery suspect in south Jersey landed a police officer in the hospital.That suspect remains at large.

A manhunt that included dogs and a chopper lasted for hours Wednesday, shutting down several blocks of busy Clements Bridge Road near the Deptford Mall.

About 150 members of law enforcement searched a two square mile area of Deptford looking for the second suspect in a morning bank robbery.

Police say, at 10:30 a.m., two men entered the bank on Park Avenue.

"We had two subjects enter the bank. One vaulted over the counter, and both were yelling for customers to get down on the ground," said Sgt. George Johnson of the Deptford Police Department.

One of the suspects scooped up the cash and the other stuffed it in his hooded sweatshirt.

During the escape, the men riding in a Buick LeSabre, smashed into a police cruiser driven by Sgt. Christopher Thomas, a 20 year veteran.

He was injured by the airbag deployment.

"It was a head on collision. We believe it was done purposefully by the driver of the suspect vehicle," said Chief Jon Marolt of the Deptford Police Department.

One man, who did not want his name used, saw what was happening and started chasing the suspects.

"I saw them jump into a vehicle and I chased them from Woodbury through Deptford while I was on the phone with 911, telling them where they were heading. Then they came around the corner and got into the accident with the police officer," he said.

One suspect, identified as 45-year-old Daryl Adams of the 600 block of Luzerne Street in Philadelphia, was badly injured. The driver fled the car leaving the hoodie and money behind.

Police are still looking for that driver. He is pictured above, and is described as 170 to 180 pounds and 6 feet tall.

Anyone with information should call Deptford Police at (856) 845-6300.

As for Sgt. Thomas, he suffered facial and dental injuries, but will be okay. He is married with twin sons.

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