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SAN PEDRO : Bank Camera Did Not Film Suspect in Fatal Robbery

July 23, 1994

FBI officials said Friday that a San Pedro bank's surveillance camera failed to capture a woman who shot and killed a security guard during a robbery with two male accomplices.

"Generally, a teller has to activate the camera," said FBI spokesman John Hoos. "It was apparently activated, but it was too late."

On Wednesday, security guard Juan A. Corona-Garcia, 36, of Los Angeles was shot in the neck as he struggled with the robber inside the Home Bank branch on South Gaffey Street. He died later at a hospital. The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The camera had been installed by the Bank of San Pedro, which was seized by state banking regulators on July 15. Home Bank bought the branch and reopened it under its new name Monday.

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