Nevada Highway Patrol arrested Sandeep Kaur, 24, Thursday night after she fled local authorities in St. George, Utah. Kaur faces charges in Nevada of reckless driving, resisting a public peace office, disobeying a peace officer and being a fugitive from another state.
According to a press release, St. George police attempted to pull Kaur over, because her vehicle matched the description of one reported to be involved in a bank robbery earlier in the evening.
At around 4:59 p.m. St. George Dispatch received a call alerting them that U.S. Bank, 791 S. Bluff St., was robbed by someone wearing a blue hoodie, dark pants, sunglasses and something resembling a surgical mask. The report went on to say that, the suspect handed the teller a note that demanded money at the threat of physical harm, although there was no report of a weapon brandished at the scene.
According to the release, witnesses were able to give a detailed description of the getaway vehicle, a newer model, silver Nissan Maxima with dealer plates.
When SGPD noticed a vehicle matching that description heading southbound near mile marker four they attempted to pull the driver over, but instead of yielding, the driver fled at a high rate of speed into the Virgin River Gorge where Arizona Highway Patrol took over the pursuit.
The driver continued to flee for some time, but eventually stopped in Nevada on Interstate 15 at mile marker 92 with both Arizona and Nevada Highway Patrol at the scene. It was then that the driver, Kaur, was taken into custody.
St. George Police Officer Derek Lewis said that as of Friday the St. George Police Department had no evidence that Kaur was indeed the same person who had committed the bank robbery, but that she was definitely a person of interest. He said that the two incidents could be completely unrelated, and until SGPD had a chance to interview her, they would not pursue charges beyond those Nevada planned to enforce.
Since then, SGPD Sargent Sam Despain said that the evidence gathered leads SGPD to believe that Kaur was indeed the suspect they were looking for. He said they plan to extradite Kaur to Utah as soon as Nevada will allow them to so they can formally charge her.
Once extradited, Despain said Kaur will be interviewed as a suspect and any possible charges will be determined from there.
Lewis said that, because the incident involved the crossing of multiple state lines the FBI has been called in to assist with the ongoing investigation. He said, at this time, he is unsure of whether the case will stay within the jurisdiction of SGPD, or if it will become a federal case.
A specific dollar amount was unavailable, but Lewis said the person who robbed the bank made away with funds in excess of $11,000.
Kaur will go before a judge in Clark County, Nevada Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. to answer for the fugitive charge. The other three charges are scheduled to be arraigned at 10 a.m. on August 13.