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Police may have caught notorious serial robber

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A punch to the head, a chase and a tasing. Police may have caught a notorious serial robber after his luck ran out.

Police say the man may be behind a dozen robberies. The potential crime spree began in Carmel Valley Nov. 14, followed by 10 other robberies or attempted robberies. On Tuesday, two more businesses were hit. Before the suspect was eventually caught, one of his victims managed to get a punch in.

Caught on surveillance camera holding up a Valero gas station in Otay Mesa last Wednesday, police now believe they may have caught the man himself, allegedly responsible for a series of small business robberies in San Diego, including Jeremy's Market on Hollister Street that same day, and a Cricket Wireless in Kearny Mesa Sunday.

His latest possible target, according to police, was another Cricket Wireless on Coronado Avenue shortly after noon Tuesday.

"The suspect went into the store - brandished a 24-inch item that was wrapped in a white cloth," Sgt. Pete Townsend said.

That wrapped item is believed to be a firearm similar to the MO in the earlier holdups, as evident in the surveillance video.

"He had what appeared to be a weapon a wrapped in a white towel or t-shirt," Lt. Ken Hubbs said.

The suspect's description is also similar. The suspect in Tuesday's holdup reached over the counter and helped himself to the till. While he fled the store, he did not escape unscathed.

"The victim actually hit the suspect with a punch to the side of his head.as he tried to take his jewelry from his person," Sgt. Townsend said.

Less than an hour later, officers spotted the suspect hiding behind a Church's Chicken on Del Sol Boulevard, which employees said he also tried to hold up Tuesday.

The suspect then jumped a concrete wall, threw down the items he was holding and lead police on a foot chase ending an hour later at Montgomery Middle School on Picador Boulevard, which was temporarily placed on lockdown as a precaution.

"At that point he was tased as the officers were taking him into custody," Sgt. Townsend said.

The suspect was taken to Sharp Chula Vista to be checked out, and remains in custody.

Police were also searching for any evidence, including a weapon the suspect may have ditched while running from officers.

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