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UPDATE: D.A. says bank robbery suspects were all gang members

Trio waives arraignment; preliminary hearing scheduled

Posted: September 14, 2012 2:28 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2012 5:03 p.m.

The District Attorney’s office filed charges Friday against three men arrested in the take-over robbery of the Canyon Country Bank of America this week. All three were identified as Crips gang members.

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.

Ely, Mosley and Collins waived arraignment Friday and are scheduled for a preliminary hearing next Thursday.
The district 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 Wednesday, 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.
The FBI is investigating whether the suspects may be involved in other bank robberies.






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