- Published on Tuesday, 12 November 2002 19:55
- Written by Linda Taaffe - Town Crier Staff Writer
Police Friday caught up with the fugitive wanted for shooting a Mountain View police officer last week and suspected of killing a Burlingame bank manager during a string of violent Peninsula robberies.
Seti Scanlan, 24, who eluded police during a high-speed chase that ended in East Palo Alto Nov. 1, remained on the run for a week. Oregon police arrested him in Beaverton on a warrant for two counts of armed robbery and four counts of attempted murder after Scanlan surrendered, said Mountain View police spokesman Jim Bennett.
Scanlan worked at Trader Joe's in Mountain View while attending Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, acquaintances and school officials confirmed.
Police linked him to the fatal Wells Fargo bank robbery in Burlin-game and possibly a falafel restaurant robbery in Palo Alto earlier this year.
Burlingame Police Chief George Missel told reporters that Scanlan is "one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, person that we've had to deal with on the Peninsula in my 32 years in law enforcement."
Scanlan and his partners Manny Liu and Amu Wynn allegedly robbed a Carl's Jr. Restaurant and Bay Food Mart on Middlefield Road at 9:50 p.m. last week before fleeing police in a high speed chase during which time they fired several shots at pursuing officers, hitting one in the face.
The chase ended in East Palo Alto, where police arrested Liu and Wynn on two counts of armed robbery and four counts of attempted murder. Scanlan escaped on foot.
Police said Scanlan lived with his girlfriend in an apartment on California Street.
He enrolled in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District last July, school officials said. He is currently enrolled in a fall quarter social studies class on the Middlefield campus in Mountain View, school officials confirmed. Company officials from Trader Joe's would neither confirm nor deny the claim that Scanlan worked there.
Just days before the shooting, Scanlan told a schoolmate that he wasn't going to be on campus much longer - he planned to quit school.
Mountain View Officer Cary Shueh, who has served in the department for three years, was recovering at home from a gunshot wound to his face last week.