SAN JOSE -- Police arrested two people, confiscated two guns and recovered money following a robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank on Monday afternoon, a crime that prompted the lockdown of six schools and a school district office while the suspects were hunted.
Two men entered the bank about 1:17 p.m. with guns and demanded money, said San Jose police Officer Jose Garcia. They took an undisclosed amount of cash and left on foot.
Based on witness descriptions, police quickly apprehended one suspect without incident on a street near the strip mall that includes the bank near Camden and Union avenues. They believed a second man had gotten away, and nearby schools were either locked down or issued shelter-in-place orders.
"It's pretty standard procedure when there's a big incident like this," Garcia said, adding that robbing a bank in a busy strip mall during daylight is a "bold act."
A vehicle matching the description of a car believed to be involved in the robbery was later spotted on Interstate 880, and police pulled it over about 2:30 p.m. at the northbound Brokaw Road exit, about 10 miles from the robbery.
The second suspect was taken into custody also without incident. The offramp was closed until about 4 p.m.
More than a dozen CHP and San Jose police cars were seen in the area of the off-ramp, where police were examining a gold-colored sedan. One gun was found on the first suspect, police said, and a search of the car came up
The lockdown and shelter orders at the schools were lifted shortly after 3 p.m. It affected Oster Elementary School, Price Charter Middle School, Camden Community Day School, ATLC Preschool, Fammatre Elementary School, Saint Francis Cabrini Elementary School and the Cambrian School District offices.
Police did not identify the suspects Monday.
The Wells Fargo branch closed for the day, and employees at the scene declined to comment.