Update: Lemon Grove Rap Sheet for Man Held in Arizona; Car in I-8 Tie-Up

Henry Duson survives crash after high-speed chase; he’s a suspect in attack on MTS chairman.

Updated at 2:35 p.m. Feb. 16, 2012

The man whose abandoned car led to the Valentine’s Day rush-hour mess on La Mesa freeways and roads was arrested Wednesday in Arizona after a high-speed chase and crash, according to news reports.

The Desert Valley Times said Harvey Henry Duson, 46, was taken to Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite, AZ, after complaining of back and neck pain.

Duson was sought in connection with the violent home invasion robbery of Metropolitan Transit System Chairman Harry Mathis, 78, a former San Diego city councilman.

Duson was arrested on Interstate 15 about eight miles from the Arizona-Nevada state line, Arizona Highway Patrol officials told the newspaper.

Weeks of interviews and analysis of crime-scene evidence led detectives
to deem Duson as a suspect in the robbery Tuesday afternoon, shortly before
the freeway standoff,  said San Diego police Capt. Terry McManus.

Duson, whose last known residence was in El Cajon, was released from
state prison about a year ago, after serving half of a 32-year sentence he'd
received for an armed robbery in Lemon Grove.

That August 1993 crime led to a confrontation during which a deputy opened fire on Duson, wounding him, McManus said.

U-T San Diego said Duson is suspected of being one of three masked men who forced their way into the University City home of Mathis, 78, and his wife on Jan. 11, quoting McManus.

In Arizona, Sgt. John Bottoms of the Highway Patrol was quoted as saying: “It was scary because they were running at 100 mph. There is a risk with wet pavement like this—hydroplaning, losing control of your car, and you cannot see, even with windshield wipers going, at that speed. He has no idea how fortunate he is that he survived this.”

Duson eluded arrest in San Diego on Tuesday afternoon after police got word
that his car had broken down on Interstate 8 just east of La Mesa.

Officers surrounded the disabled Pontiac Grand Prix near Severin Drive
and blocked off all but one eastbound lane in the area, unsure if Duson
remained in the sedan, which had heavily tinted windows.

Rush-hour traffic slowed to a crawl for miles west of the stalemate for
about two hours, until officers smashed the windows of the vehicle and pried
open its trunk, finding nobody inside.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Melonie February 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
WTG! Bad boyz, bad boyz, watcha gonna dooo! Nuttin, cuz your BUSTED! BAM!
Batman February 16, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Yeah, and he'll get probation.
Kevin George February 16, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I don't know about that one Batman..........this guy didn't hold up and pistol whip one of us regular shmoes , this victim was an " insider".
Doug Curlee February 16, 2012 at 08:49 PM
it's not so much that as the fact that this is without doubt the guy's third strike..maybe fourth or fifth.. don't think he'll be seeing the sky anytime soon..sure hope not.. doug
Komfort February 17, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Now if Arizona can solve the So. Cal. blackout mystery, that would be a story.


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