Rhea Mahbubani

Armed Robbery Suspect Strikes Pleasant Hill Nordstrom Rack, Gives Officers the Slip by Driving Into Oncoming Traffic: Police

Pleasant Hill police are seeking the public's help in finding an armed robbery suspect who led police on a high-speed chase with children in his car Tuesday afternoon.

Police are looking for Charles Frederick Justus, 22, of Hayward, in connection with a robbery reported at 1:47 p.m. Tuesday at a Nordstrom Rack location at 703 Contra Costa Blvd.

Police said today that Justus, a parolee, is considered to be armed and dangerous and his whereabouts are unknown.

He allegedly used some kind of firearm to rob merchandise before becoming involved in a pursuit with responding Pleasant Hill officers that spanned highways and neighboring cities, police said.

The chase was terminated when the suspect drove into oncoming traffic, police said. It was later determined that there were three children and a woman in the vehicle during the pursuit, police said.

Police released a photograph of Justus on Wednesday, which shows that he has a tattoo apiece on both cheeks, "NSH" tattooed on his chin and some more ink the side of his neck. 

Police reported that Justus was last seen driving a beige-colored 2000 Dodge Durango with a license plate of 4MAT720.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call investigators at (925) 288-4630.

NBC Bay Area's Rhea Mahbubani contributed to this report. 

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