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2 armed robbery suspects identified as active-duty Marines

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two active duty Marines were behind bars Monday on suspicion of robbing a La Mesa credit union at gunpoint, after one of them allegedly led police on a chase that included gunfire and the evacuation of a Rolando neighborhood.

Davon Jacques Darden, 23, and Dominique Dontae Lasker, 26, are suspected of robbing the California Coast Credit Union at 8002 La Mesa Blvd. about 2 p.m. Saturday, according to FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

They wore masks and one of them was armed with a handgun, he said, adding that they jumped over the teller counter and held up several tellers at gunpoint.

A short time later, a San Diego police sergeant saw the robbers' getaway car -- a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo -- in the 4600 block of Mataro Drive. Foxworth said the sergeant attempted to stop Darden as he was walking away from the vehicle but he fled behind Clay Elementary School.

Another SDPD officer then allegedly spotted Darden at Catherine and Stanley avenues, and a pursuit ensued, according to the special agent, who added that the suspect reached for his waistband during the pursuit, prompting the officer to fire several rounds.

The suspect -- uninjured in the gunfire -- then jumped over a fence for the second time and disappeared into the neighborhood.

Darden was later found by SWAT officers and a police dog hiding in a garage in the 6300 block of Stanley Avenue, Foxworth said.

During the search for the other suspect, police picked locks at homes where the residents were away, San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who represents the area, told the Los Angeles Times. The city will pay for any damage the officers did to the homes, she said.

Darden was apprehended at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Lasker was arrested after he voluntarily agreed to meet with police detectives and FBI agents during the early morning hours Sunday, according to Foxworth.

Both men were expected to be arraigned later today or Tuesday. Foxworth said they will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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