Men Arrested After High Speed Chase

Men Arrested After High Speed Chase (October 21, 2011)

SAN DIEGO -- One of two suspects wanted for a series of ATM and safe robberies across San Diego was arrested Friday.

Michael Scott Conder, 40, led members of a fugitive task force on a nearly hour-long pursuit from East County to Kearny Mesa, authorities said.

A second person was arrested, but Deputy U.S. Marshal Steve Jurman said he is not connected to the ATM robbery string.

The chase began in the area of Cuyamaca Street in Santee shortly before 11 a.m., sheriff's Lt. Jim Duffy said. The driver sped off from the fugitive team, fleeing to the west on Interstate 8 into San Diego as police from that city and California Highway Patrol personnel joined in the pursuit, according to Duffy.

The suspect proceeded to criss-cross erratically through Linda Vista and Serra Mesa, running stoplights near Juvenile Hall, at times driving the wrong way in traffic lanes and cutting through a parking lot at Rady Children's Hospital.

About 12:45 p.m., the fleeing driver finally pulled over in the area of Clairemont Mesa and Murphy Canyon roads, Duffy said. The suspect put his hands out the driver's side window, got out of the vehicle with his hands over his head and lay down on the roadway, where CHP personnel handcuffed him.

The passenger then was taken into custody, after which officers sent a service dog through the SUV to search for contraband.

Conder's alleged accomplice, Mark Andrew Guild, 43, is wanted for his part in three robberies around San Diego.  San Diego Police said Firday Guild and Conder are accused of stealing an ATM in Mission Hills and safes from two restaurants, one in University Heights and one in Pacific Beach.

Jurman said he was confident Guild would be caught soon.

"We think he's in the San Diego area.  We don't think he's left," Jurman stated, "If he has, we're not going to stop.  We'll go state-to-state and country-to-country to find him."