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3 face hearing in Canyon Country bank robbery

Posted: January 28, 2013 12:43 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2013 12:42 p.m.

A preliminary hearing has been set for three men identified by prosecutors as Crips gang members accused in the take-over robbery of a Canyon Country Bank of America in September, a court official said.

Phillip Ely, 29, Lavelle Mosley, 22, and Terion Lamarr Collins, 25, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday, a court clerk said.

They are charged with four counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime. The complaint alleges street-gang membership and gun-use allegations against each defendant.

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

During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors present evidence in a case and the defense can respond. After that the judge will decides whether the case should go to trial.

The three men remained in custody.

In September, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office identified all three as members of the Rollin’ 40s Crips gang.

The robbery occurred Sept. 12 at the Bank of America branch at Soledad and Whites canyon roads about 10 a.m.

The robbers 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 downtown residents tried to grab some money.

The duo was arrested in South Los Angeles after a motorists pulled in front of them on a narrow residential street.
The fourth suspect remains at large.
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