BREAKING NEWS: Grass Valley robbery suspect caught in L.A. County |

BREAKING NEWS: Grass Valley robbery suspect caught in L.A. County

The man suspected of robbing a Grass Valley tanning salon at gunpoint Jan. 16 was arrested in Los Angeles County after leading authorities on a high-speed chase, according to the Grass Valley Police Department.

Thomas Morrison, 32, was taken into custody Feb. 12 and his identity was confirmed by Grass Valley police early today, Police Capt. Greg Hart said.

Morrison is suspected of entering Maui Tans through a back door of the Freeman Lane business at 6:25 p.m. Jan. 16 and holding a gun to an employee’s head.

After getting the money in the register from the employee, the suspect made the woman lie face-down as he escaped, Hart said. There were clients in the tanning salon, but no one aside from the employee witnessed the robbery.

The police department identified Morrison after sending a sketch artist’s drawing, along with other descriptions, to other state law enforcement agencies, Hart said.

The U.S. Marshal’s Office identified him in Los Angeles County and attempted to stop him in his vehicle Feb. 12, Hart said. He escaped by ramming his car into a marshal’s vehicle and took off at a high rate of speed, Hart said. He fled his car after crashing into several parked vehicles at an apartment complex. He fled on foot but was captured after being tracked by police hounds.

Morrison was arrested on a Grass Valley warrant. Hart said Morrison will eventually be brought back to Nevada County to face a charge of armed burglary.

Hart said several other agencies are investigating other cases in which Morrison is a suspect, he said.

In Los Angeles County, he is facing a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

These other charges could hold up Morrison’s return to Nevada County, Hart said.

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