Salinas police said a man arrested after a fiery attempted bank robbery Thursday could be responsible for five armed robberies in December.
William Jones, 49, was booked into Monterey County Jail on numerous charges following a wild chase from a Bank of America branch at Northridge Center, police said.
A would-be robber with a pressurized bottle containing flammable liquid and a propane torch sprayed fire around the bank several times about 2:45 p.m., sending some customers running from the building.
Witnesses chased the robber outside and saw him get in a blue Ford pickup. Police began a high-speed chase that ended when the suspect jumped into a creek full of water near Virginia Rocca Barton School.
Four officers subdued the suspect after using a Taser on him twice, police said.
No cash was taken in the incident, and police said witnesses identified the suspect.
A girl in a wheelchair suffered a broken finger when her father tried to push her out a bank door to escape and the door closed on her hand, police said.