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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2006 3:06 pm | Updated: 5:04 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A father and son suspected of robbing a Mesa bank led police on a pursuit Thursday afternoon through busy city streets before being arrested in a mobile home park.

The suspects fired at least two shots at officers and collided with at least one patrol car, Mesa police detective Tim Gaffney said. No injuries were reported, although paramedics treated a patient at the robbery site for shortness of breath.

Gaffney said the assailants, ages 42 and 24, entered Tempe Schools Credit Union at 2136 E. Baseline Road at about 12:45 p.m. and took an undisclosed amount of money and a customer's wallet at gunpoint.

Witnesses provided police with a description of the getaway car and a license plate number, and officers tracked the vehicle to an apartment complex at 1146 E. Hampton Ave. The officers saw two men who fit the description of the robbers entering a second vehicle and attempted to detain them at Horne and Hampton.

That's when the pursuit started, Gaffney said.

He said the men drove north on Mesa Drive and then east on Main Street, running red lights and driving erratically. During the chase the vehicle collided with a police car.

When the car finally stopped, Gaffney said the men jumped a fence and fled into a mobile home park near Lindsay Road and Main before they were arrested.

Police did not immediately release the names of the suspects.

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