Robbery suspect arrested after jumping in Phoenix lake to escape police

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Jon Michael Krol By Jennifer Thomas Jon Michael Krol By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A man allegedly robbed three Phoenix businesses on Monday then jumped in a lake to escape police officers.

According to Phoenix police Detective James Holmes, a Kentucky Fried Chicken at Central Avenue and Baseline Road was robbed at approximately noon on Monday.

A patrol sergeant saw a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle, a white Chevrolet Camaro, speeding out of a Circle K parking lot at Seventh Avenue and Baseline Road. Holmes said the convenience store had just been robbed.

The sergeant lost sight of the Camaro but spotted it again at 19th and Southern avenues leaving the parking lot of a QuikTrip service station, which police reported had just been robbed.

Officers pursued the car to Cesar Chavez Park at 35th Avenue and Baseline Road. Holmes said the suspect, Jon Michael Krol, attempted to drive the vehicle across the park but became bogged down in the wet landscape.

Holmes said Krol ran from the car and jumped into the park lake to avoid arrest. Krol eventually obeyed officers' commands to come out of the lake and was taken into custody without further incident.

Police recovered an undisclosed amount of money.

Krol, 20, was identified by witnesses. Holmes said witnesses reported a firearm was displayed at the time of the robberies, however, no weapon was found in Krol's possession. Police are still searching for the weapon.