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Witness recalls deadly crash, robbery suspect killed

According to Tehama County Sheriff's Office, Jacob Gabriel led police on a high-speed chase reaching up to 100 miles-per-hour on June 30.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 7:16 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - According to Tehama County Sheriff's Office, Jacob Gabriel led police on a high-speed chase reaching up to 100 miles-per-hour on June 30.

He hit the middle divider along highway 36, skidded across the street, crashed his car and died in front of the Red Bluff Home Depot.

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"I was thinking oh my god, this is happening right here in front of us," said Steve Piazza. He witnessed the crash while on his break.

"All of a sudden they started coming towards our way down Main St, said Piazza. 

According to Chico Police Department, Gabriel held up the Speedway gas station in Chico on Sunday and the Self-Help Federal Credit union on Monday.

He was spotted by Chico P-D, then took off north towards Red Bluff.

"I heard a noise. I wasn't sure if he had a blowout or he might have hit a rail somewhere but then he started skidding sideways and then went into a flip - like about 10 flips and landed in a ditch. It was just so surreal you know."

Officials say Gabriel did not wear his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, later dying from his injuries. 

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