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Armed robbery suspect arrested after early-morning pursuit and crash

Marcus Mendez, 18, was arrested by Reno Police on May 21, 2021.
Marcus Mendez, 18, was arrested by Reno Police on May 21, 2021.(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 4:29 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - 5:30 A.M. UPDATE: An armed robbery suspect was arrested after a pursuit in South Reno early Friday morning. Police say Marcus Mendez, 18, crashed on Lakeside Drive near Sweetwater Drive at about 2:20 a.m.

Reno Police responded to a report of a robbery near Wrondel Way and Gallaway Lane around 1:45 a.m. The victim told police a man with a gun approached him as he walked away from his car and demanded his keys. The suspect then drove away in the car.

A Reno Police officer spotted the car about half an hour later and tried to do a traffic stop. The car sped away, but eventually crashed.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Lakeside Drive was closed while the scene was investigated.

4:40 A.M. UPDATE: All road closures have been lifted.

ORIGINAL STORY: Road closures are in effect in the area of Lakeside Drive and Moana Lane due to a Reno Police investigation. Officers have been in the area since about 2:00 Friday morning.

No information about the incident has been released.

Drivers should avoid the area. There is no estimate to when the roads might reopen.

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