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Hearing set for 3 in take-over bank robbery

Posted: November 29, 2012 3:33 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2012 3:33 p.m.

A preliminary hearing was set Thursday for three men arrested in the September take-over robbery of the Canyon Country Bank of America, court officials confirmed.

The trio — all identified by prosecutors as Crips gang members — appeared in San Fernando Superior Court and were ordered to return to court Dec. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

Phillip Ely, 29, Lavelle Mosley, 22, and Terion Lamarr Collins, 25, were charged with four counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime.

The complaint alleges street gang and gun use allegations against each defendant.

In addition, Ely is charged with evading an officer and auto theft with prior convictions.

A fourth suspect remains at large.

The Los Angeles County District’s Attorney’s office identified all three as members of the Rollin’ 40s Crips gang.
Bail was set at $1.35 million for Ely and Collins and $1.3 million for Mosley.

On Sept. 12, three men walked into the Bank of America branch at Soledad and Whites canyon roads about 10 a.m., conducted a take-over robbery, fled with a fourth man driving, and led Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies on a chase down Highway 14, Interstate 210 and the 110 freeway into downtown Los Angeles.

Two men were let out of the vehicle in Sylmar; one eluded pursuit.

Once the two remaining robbers reached downtown Los Angeles, they left the freeway and began tossing cash out the windows of their black Volvo SUV, drawing crowds to the vehicle as residents tried to grab some money.

They were arrested in South Los Angeles after a motorists pulled in front of them on a narrow residential street.




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