EL CERRITO -- A 30-year-old bank robbery suspect was arrested after an apparent slow-speed chase -- police say they caught him riding a skateboard at 8.9 mph.

Police used the bank's GPS tracking to follow 30-year-old David Blackshear after he allegedly ran from Mechanics Bank at 9996 San Pablo Ave. on Friday.

The bank was robbed at 1:05 p.m., when someone handed a teller a note demanding money, police said. Using the tracking system, police spotted Blackshear riding a skateboard on Cutting Boulevard and 38th Street in Richmond.

Police reportedly found Blackshear with money stolen from the bank. The transient, who was on parole at the time of the robbery, was arrested and booked at County Jail in Martinez. The case will be forwarded to the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office to decide if charges will be filed.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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