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UPDATE: Canyon Country: Three plead not guilty in bank robbery

Posted: April 3, 2013 12:26 p.m.
Updated: April 3, 2013 5:51 p.m.

SAN FERNANDO — Three men suspected in the takeover-style heist of a Canyon Country bank last summer pleaded not guilty to all charges in San Fernando Superior Court Wednesday.

The defendants — Terion Lamarr Collins, Phillip Ely and Lavelle Lee Mosley — are suspected of holding up a Bank of America in Canyon Country on Sept. 12, threatening customers and tellers in the process, before leading authorities on a lengthy freeway chase.

The three defendants, believed to be members of a Los Angeles street gang, face four counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime, according to the criminal complaint. A fourth man is believed involved in the crime but has not been captured.

Investigators previously said the bank robbers piled into one vehicle after the holdup but switched cars shortly after, jumping into a black Volvo SUV that had been hidden nearby.

Tipped by two witnesses who were also police or former police officers, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies caught up with the four, pursuing them on freeways through the San Fernando Valley and the Pasadena area.

On the way, they lost their tail long enough to stop in Sylmar and let two of the men out of the Volvo. One was later captured; the other remains at large.

After fleeing into downtown Los Angeles, the suspects exited the freeway in South L.A., throwing money obtained from the robbery out the windows of their vehicle and drawing crowds to them.

The two subjects were apprehended after they turned down narrow city streets as crowds pressed closer. Their Volvo was halted when a vehicle pulled in front of it and stopped.

The men are also suspected of being members of the Rollin 40s Crips gang, according to prosecutors.

An officer from the Los Angeles Police Department testified in March that such a robbery could be used to heighten one’s standing within a gang.
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