2/22/2014 11:20:00 AM Bank robbery suspect captured
Bank video footage shows the robbery suspect believed to be Kevin Lee Campbell.
This morning, Feb. 22, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office personnel captured the man believed to be the suspect in a bank robbery in Chino Valley yesterday, according to Lt Vince Schaan, spokesman for Chino Valley Police Department. Sheriff's deputies transferred Kevin Campbell, 53, to the Chino Valley police.
Deputies located the suspect's unoccupied vehicle, a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer with Arizona license plate ABD-9409, at about 4 a.m. and thought they saw the suspect in the area fleeing on foot. After a search, they took him into custody at about 8 a.m.
On Friday, at about 5:50 p.m., Chino Valley police responded to a report of a robbery at National Bank of Arizona in the 400 block of South Highway 89 in Chino Valley.
The suspect had fled the scene, but bank staff provided a description of the suspect and vehicle to officers. This information was sent out to all local law enforcement agencies. Within minutes a Department of Public Safety officer spotted the suspect and vehicle southbound on 89 between Chino Valley and Prescott.
The DPS officer tried to stop the vehicle, at which time a high-speed pursuit began. After obtaining the license plate number, the pursuit was terminated, according to a Saturday morning news release.
The suspect's driving during the pursuit was erratic with speeds in excess of 75 mph as he entered a heavily populated area, Chino Valley police reported. The vehicle was traveling south on Willow Creek Road passing Willow Lake Road.
The vehicle is registered to an address in Kingman, Ariz. Chino Valley police asked Kingman police to go to the residence, where officers met the woman who owns the car with Kevin Lee Campbell, who has had the vehicle since the end of their relationship in October 2013.
From a bank surveillance video photo, the ex-girlfriend positively identified the suspect as Kevin Lee Campbell. Records show Campbell was released from the Arizona Department of Corrections in January 2012 after serving a multiple-year sentence on various charges including robbery, burglary and aggravated assault.
The information on Campbell, who was considered armed and dangerous, and his vehicle was provided to all state law enforcement agencies.
Investigation is ongoing, but police believe Campbell is the same suspect from two robberies in the Verde Valley a couple of weeks ago, Schaan noted in his report.
Chino Valley police are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Camp Verde Marshall's Office and Cottonwood police, and would like to thank all agencies for their prompt and effective assistance, including Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Department of Public Safety, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood and Kingman police, Camp Verde Marshall's Office, and the FBI.
More information and charges will be available at cvrnews.com as the investigation continues.