9OYS Crime Watch
Two men identified in armed bank robbery, pursuit
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Police have identified two men following a robbery that ensued a pursuit by officers.
Sgt. Chris Widmer with Tucson Police tells KGUN9 the robbery occurred at the Bank of the West located at 3175 North Swan Road around Noon Wednesday.
One man entered the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the tellers.
Evan Curtis Hill, 20, and 48-year-old John Murphy were both booked into the Pima County Jail after police caught them.
The two men jumped in a vehicle after the robbery and led officers to 27th Street and Curtis Avenue.
The two robbers then dumped the vehicle and ran, says Widmer. One robber was immediately apprehend in an alley by officers. The other was arrested a short time later when he was brought down by a TPD K-9.
During the pursuit, an officer was attacked by a pit-bull in a neighboring yard. The dog was shot by another officer and transported to veterinarian hospital.
The officer bit received minor injuries. The pit-bull is expected to survive.
The handgun believed to be used in the robbery was located inside a bag of stolen money.
They were both charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of unlawful flight from pursuing law enforcement.
A criminal investigation has begun regarding the actions of the officer who fired his duty weapon at the dog.
The Office of Internal Affairs is also conducting a separate and parallel investigation to examine the actions of department personnel in response to this incident.