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January 15, 2013

THIRD-STRIKER CONVICTED OF ROBBING TWO BANK OF AMERICA EMPLOYEES OF $30,000 USING GUN AND FAKE BOMB

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:43 pm

*Defendant was coined the “Scanner Bandit” by the FBI in four prior federal bank robberies

FULLERTON - A third-striker was convicted today of robbing two employees of an Orange Bank of America branch and stealing $30,000 in cash by threatening staff and occupants with a firearm and fake bomb. Garry Allen Reeder, 50, Santa Fe Springs, pleaded guilty to the court to two felony counts of second degree robbery, one felony count of false bomb delivery, and one felony count of second degree commercial burglary, with sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon, the personal use of a firearm, and four 1992 federal prior convictions for Los Angeles County bank robberies. He faces a sentence of 25 years in prison at his sentencing April 12, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in Department N-13, North Justice Center, Fullerton.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2011, Reeder entered a Bank of America branch in Orange under the pretense of opening a checking account. He sat down at a desk with a bank employee and opened a day planner containing what appeared to be a bomb. The bomb was later determined to be fake. Reeder threatened two employees that they had 30 seconds to provide him $30,000 in cash. As the employees went to the bank’s vault, Reeder lifted his shirt and showed a firearm to bank customers to dissuade them from moving. He stole $30,000 by force and fear, left the fake bomb on a desk, and fled on foot. Bank employees called 911.

The Orange County Bomb Squad, Orange Police Department (OPD), and Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene and investigated the case. Reeder was arrested Jan. 7, 2011, by OPD at a hotel in Corona. At the time of his arrest, Reeder was in possession of $19,000 in marked bills. Reeder had spent $11,000 of the stolen money on hotel rooms, rental cars, and other personal expenses.

October 4, 2012

Parolee Sentenced to 150 Years to Life in String of Bank Robberies

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 10:16 pm

POMONA – A 40-year-old parolee who pleaded to committing a string of bank robberies and leading police on a chase in April was sentenced today to 150 years to life in prison, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Duke Chau said Jerry Lee Franklin was sentenced by Judge Steven Blades.

Franklin pleaded no contest in August to robbing a U.S. Bank in Hacienda Heights on July 6, 2011; a Bank of the West in Rowland Heights on July 12, 2011, and again on Jan. 11, 2012; a Citibank in Rowland Heights on Jan. 14; and the First Federal Credit Union in West Covina on April 23.

After Franklin robbed the First Federal Credit Union shortly after 10 a.m. April 23, he led police on a chase along the 10 and 605 Freeways. At one point, he slowed his white van and his girlfriend grabbed onto the side of the van and crawled into the driver’s side window.

Franklin pleaded no contest on Aug. 8 to five counts of second-degree robbery and one count of felony evading police as an open plea to the court, meaning it was not part of a negotiated settlement.

Chau said Franklin had three prior serious felony convictions and had been out on parole for only four months when he committed the July 6, 2011, bank robbery.

September 18, 2012

Three Charged in Flying Cash Police Pursuit

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SAN FERNANDO – Three reputed Rollin’ 40s Crips gang members were charged today with robbing a Canyon Country bank on Wednesday then leading police on a high-speed chase as they threw cash out the car’s window, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Phillip Ely, 29 (dob 1-5-83); Lavelle Mosley, 22 (dob 1-13-90); and Terion Lamarr (CQ) Collins, 25 (dob 12-25-86); are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at San Fernando Superior Court, Department S, said Deputy District Attorney Moira Curry.

The three were charged in case PA074598 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.

The three, along with a fourth unnamed suspect who has not been arrested, allegedly robbed a Bank of America in Canyon Country shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Sheriff’s deputies began a pursuit of a dark-colored SUV.

The hour-long chase ended when the suspects were trapped by traffic on a busy residential street by cars and throngs of people who ran to scoop up cash thrown out the fleeing vehicle.

Prosecutors will ask bail be set for Ely and Collins at $1.35 million and for Mosley at $1.3 million. If convicted, each faces life in prison.

August 11, 2012

Parolee Pleads to String of Bank Robberies

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POMONA – A 40-year-old parolee charged with a string of bank robberies and leading police on a chase in April pleaded no contest today to all counts just as a jury trial was set to begin, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jerry Lee Franklin pleaded no contest to five counts of second-degree robbery and one count of felony evading police before Judge Steven Blades, said Deputy District Attorney Duke Chau. The open plea was not part of a negotiated settlement.

Franklin pleaded to robbing a U.S. Bank in Hacienda Heights on July 6, 2011, a Bank of the West in Rowland Heights on July 12, 2011, and again on Jan. 11, 2012, a Citibank in Rowland Heights on Jan. 14 and the First Federal Credit Union in West Covina on April 23.

Chau said Franklin, who has three prior serious felony convictions, is facing 180 years to life in prison when he returns Oct. 1 for sentencing in Pomona Superior Court, Department E.

After Franklin robbed the First Federal Credit Union shortly after 10 a.m. April 23, he led police on a chase along the 10 and 605 Freeways. At one point, he slowed his white van and his girlfriend grabbed onto the side of the van and crawled into the driver’s side window.

Franklin stopped the van a short distance later, and was taken into custody after a police dog was sent into the van.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the West Covina Police Department investigated the case.

August 6, 2012

Plain Jane Bandit Attempts to Rob Bank of America Branch in Downey

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: — fayarfa @ 3:56 pm

The unidentified female bank robbery suspect known as the Plain Jane Bandit has been linked to an attempted bank robbery this afternoon at approximately 2:15 p.m. at a Bank of America branch located at 10010 Paramount Blvd. in Downey, California.

The suspect’s modus operandi (m.o.) during today’s robbery was similar to the previous robberies and attempted robbery for which investigators believe she is responsible. The Downey Police Department and the FBI responded to the bank today to investigate. Officials with U.S. Bank are offering a reward of up to $10,000 in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this suspect.

Today’s incident is the second attempted bank robbery linked to the Plain Jane Bandit, in addition to five bank robberies, totaling seven offenses since mid-July. Bank surveillance images from today’s robbery are below.

http://www.fbi.gov/losangeles/press-releases/2012/plain-jane-bandit-attempts-to-rob-bank-of-america-branch-in-downey?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&utm_medium=email&utm_source=los-angeles-press-releases&utm_content=127048

July 23, 2012

AK-47 Bandit Linked to Recent Bank Robbery Near Seattle

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: — fayarfa @ 1:21 pm

The FBI and law enforcement officials spanning three separate regions in the western United States continue to seek public assistance relative to an unidentified armed bank robber now linked to three bank robberies, the most recent of which occurred in the Seattle area on July 6, 2012. Following the initial robbery that occurred in Chino, California, on February 29, 2012, the suspect shot a police officer with the Chino Police Department, seriously wounding him. In each robbery, the suspect brandishes an AK-47–style assault rifle with a drum magazine. The suspect is seen in bank surveillance video and photographs dressed in tactical gear over a dark-colored, short-sleeved collared shirt and blue pants. He also wears a black full-face ski mask, a blue ballistic vest, and/or a green mesh vest marked “Sheriff.” The suspect is known to law enforcement as the AK-47 Bandit. A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest of the suspect known as the AK-47 Bandit. Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the AK-47 Bandit should refrain from approaching the suspect and is urged to contact law enforcement immediately. In Los Angeles, the FBI may be reached 24 hours a day at 888-CANT-HIDE (888-228-8443).

Photos and a description are available at the following link:

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/unknown/unknown-suspect-17/view

In addition, a video of the latest robbery in Washington state (July 6, 2012) has been posted at the following link by the King County Sheriff’s Office:

March 20, 2012

“WRONG WAY BANDIT” CHARGED AND ARRAIGNED FOR COMMITTING ROBBERIES IN FIVE ORANGE COUNTY BANKS

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: — fayarfa @ 12:17 am

WESTMINSTER - A man dubbed the “Wrong Way Bandit” has been charged and arraigned for committing robberies in five Orange County banks. Jose Luis Arciga, 40, Santa Ana, was charged yesterday, March 13, 2012, with seven felony counts of second degree robbery, three felony counts of attempted second degree robbery, and sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a firearm. He faces a maximum sentence of 52 years and 10 months in state prison if convicted. Arciga is being held on $250,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing, March 20, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-15, West Justice Center, Westminster.

Between Aug. 18, 2011, and Dec. 30, 2011, Arciga is accused of committing robberies in five banks against seven tellers in Orange County and attempting a robbery in a sixth bank. The robberies and attempted robbery occurred at five different locations. The bank chains included Bank of the West in Garden Grove, Centennial Bank in Fountain Valley, First Bank and Trust in Costa Mesa, Nuvision Federal Credit Union in Costa Mesa, and U.S. Bank in Tustin.

In each of the cases the defendant is accused of carrying out similar acts: the defendant is accused of entering the banks armed with what appeared to be a firearm and threatening one or more tellers by demanding money using a weapon, making the teller fear for their life. After robbing the bank tellers, Arciga is accused of fleeing the scene.

The Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove and Tustin Police Departments investigated the case and on March 9, 2012, Garden Grove police arrested Arciga after reviewing surveillance videotape and photos taken during the robberies.

February 1, 2012

Alleged “Puffy Coat Bandit” Indicted

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Steven Dwayne Paulson, 46, the suspected “Puffy Coat Bandit,” was indicted today by a federal grand jury for seven counts of bank robbery. The Puffy Coat Bandit was linked to seven bank robberies that occurred between 12/20/11 and 1/9/12. Paulson was arrested on January 10, 2012, after a detective with the Upland Police Department detained a driver matching the description of the suspect who was driving a vehicle described by witnesses as a getaway vehicle used by the suspect. Further investigation resulted in Paulson’s arrest and he is currently being held in federal custody.

The FBI investigates bank robberies jointly with police and sheriff’s departments that have jurisdiction for cities in which bank robberies occur. This case was worked jointly by the FBI, the Upland Police Department, the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Corona Police Department, Rancho Cucamonga Police Department, and the Glendora Police Department.

August 29, 2011

MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON FOR COMMITTING 13 BANK ROBBERIES IN ORANGE COUNTY

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 5:39 pm

SANTA ANA - A man was sentenced today to eight years in state prison for committing 13 robberies inside banks located primarily in Orange County grocery stores. David Andrew Camp, 52, Laguna Niguel, pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts of second degree robbery. The defendant will not receive credit for time served toward his eight years prison sentence for the year and nine months that he has been in custody. Camp has also been ordered to pay over $26,000 in restitution.

Between Nov. 30, 2009, and Feb. 9, 2010, Camp committed 13 bank robberies in Orange County. The robberies occurred at 13 different locations in the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, and San Juan Capistrano. The bank chains included California Bank & Trust, Chase, Bank of America, FirstBank, Home Savings Bank, NuVision Federal Credit Union, Pacific Western Bank, US Bank, Wachovia, and Wells Fargo.

The defendant entered banks, many of which were located in grocery stores, often wearing a hat and sunglasses in an effort to disguise his identity. He handed a demand note to a bank teller at each location and verbally instructed them to give him only large bills and not to hide any dye packs.  After robbing the bank tellers, Camp fled the scene. There were no weapons displayed in any of the robberies.

The defendant was previously dubbed the “Blue Note Bandit” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Family members of the defendant contacted law enforcement after recognizing Camp from media coverage of the robberies.  Following an investigation, Camp was arrested Feb. 17, 2010, by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

August 24, 2011

Murder Suspect Charged in Police Shooting

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 5:32 pm

SAN FERNANDO — A murder suspect, wounded by police during an early morning shootout in Encino Monday, was charged today with multiple counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer and other charges.

However, prosecutors said they were not charging Brent Darrin Zubek, 43, with murder, yet, because the investigation is ongoing into the Aug. 12 discovery of two bodies found dumped in Chatsworth.

Zubek, (dob 5-22-68), is scheduled to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. at San Fernando Superior Court, Department S. Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Section will ask that he be held without bail.

Zubek, convicted in 1993 on federal bank robbery charges, was charged in case PA071240 with six counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of carrying a loaded and stolen firearm. The complaint alleges he personally discharged a firearm.

Zubek eluded police for several hours Sunday night and early Monday after he fired on officers who had him under surveillance. He was arrested around 4:30 a.m. on the roof of a building in the 4600 block of Libbit Avenue just off Ventura Boulevard. Zubek was shot in the hip by officers after he pulled a gun and pointed it at them. No officers were injured.

Zubek is a suspect in a double homicide after police found the decomposing bodies of a man and a woman on Aug. 12 in the 20400 block of Lassen Street. Police believe the slayings occurred about five to six weeks before the bodies were discovered near the home where Zubek and the two victims once lived.

Zubek faces multiple life terms in prison if convicted of all charges filed today.

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