A 38-year-old man suspected of robbing a Tacoma bank Tuesday died Wednesday of injuries suffered when his getaway car collided with a van while fleeing police.
The man was identified as Antonio Cross. An autopsy showed he died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
The robber entered the Key Bank branch near North 26th Street and Proctor Avenue about 2 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding cash. It’s unclear whether the robber was armed but he implied he had a weapon.
Witnesses said the robber left the bank in a black, four-door Lincoln Mark V, which officers spotted shortly after the holdup.
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The car sped off before officers could approach and eventually drove out of an alley onto South 11th Street. An eastbound van carrying three roommates hit the Lincoln near South J Street.
The impact of the crash slammed the Lincoln into a concrete building.
Cross was taken to an area hospital with critical injuries and later died. The two women and man inside the van were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Police said they believe Cross was the man who robbed the Key Bank. He had prior convictions for robbery, assault, possessing drugs and burglary, court records show.