■ Chronicle News Staff
A Hemet man is accused of robbing a bank, then hiring a taxi to take him home with the loot where he proceeded to overdose on drugs, according to police.
On Monday, May 14, at approximately 2:05 p.m. Hemet Police received a call that a robbery had just occurred at the BBVA Compass Bank, 4100 E. Florida Ave. The suspect, later identified as 55 year old Howard Curtner, was seen getting into a taxi after leaving the bank. Shortly after, Hemet Police officers located the taxi and obtained further information from the driver, which led officers to a residence in the 200 block of Anderson Drive in Hemet.
Officers established a perimeter around the residence and made numerous announcements for Curtner to exit but he refused. Based on further information obtained throughout the investigation, the Hemet/Murrieta Regional SWAT team was requested to help. At approximately 10:45 p.m., the SWAT team entered the residence and apprehended Curtner who was unconscious due to a an apparent drug overdose.
Curtner was transported to a nearby hospital where he is currently being treated for the drug overdose. Other evidence was located connecting Curtner to another bank robbery that occurred last May 5 in the 1600 block of E. Florida Ave., police said. (The Bank of Hemet is located at 1600 E. Florida Ave., while the Bank of America is located at 1687 E. Florida Ave.)
Curtner will be transported to Riverside County Jail pending multiple charges.