K9 units sniff out high speed chase, armed robbery suspect hiding in van

Dean Vanberge, 27 years old (Source: EBRSO)
Dean Vanberge, 27 years old (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An armed robbery suspect is behind bars after leading police on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle.

Investigators say 27-year-old Dean Vanberge of Amite, LA had stolen a vehicle at gunpoint. Later, he sped away once police spotted him and attempted to pull him over.

According to a probable cause report, police say they received a call about an alleged carjacking of a 2009 Chevy Impala. Later, authorities located a vehicle matching the same description as the stolen car, heading south down N. 22nd Street.

Investigators say Vanberge was driving at approximately 25 mph over the speed limit, and he ran up to seven stop signs. He eventually abandoned the vehicle and tried to run on foot. After being seen hopping an 8-foot fence, which surrounded Exxon Mobil on Chippewa Street, K9 Units were called to the area. They located Vanberge hiding inside of a van and found a firearm nearby.

The report discloses that the victim of the armed robbery told investigators that he had given Vanberge a ride while heading to a store. Vanberge allegedly held him at gunpoint and forced him out of the vehicle. The victim said Vanberge also took his phone and his wallet.

Vanberge was arrested and charged with armed robbery, carjacking, possession of a firearm, aggravated flight from a police officer, and other charges. The report revealed that Vanberge has a criminal history. He was convicted of simple robbery in 2006.

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