CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2000 |
Like so many other multi-tasking Californians, James Joseph Lizotte bides his time in line at the bank by chatting on his cell phone. What makes Lizotte unusual, FBI officials alleged Tuesday, is that he robs the bank once he gets to the front of the line. Sometimes, authorities said, Lizotte hits up more than one teller at once, slamming his gun on the counter to show he means business.
October 30, 1999 |
One of two Camp Pendleton Marines wanted in connection with six bank robberies in three states was arrested Friday in Idaho on suspicion of drunk driving, an FBI spokeswoman said. Authorities believe Benjamin Michael Johns, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., took the lead role in robberies that he and Nicholas Paul Hills, 21, are wanted for in California, Oregon and Washington. Hills was arrested Wednesday. Johns was arrested in Mountain Home, Idaho, about 1:30 a.m.
October 23, 1999 |
Two Camp Pendleton Marines are suspected in a series of West Coast bank robberies since going absent without leave in June, including hitting a Palo Alto branch twice, according to the FBI. Lance Cpls. Benjamin Michael Johns, 23, and Nicholas Paul Hills, 21, were assigned to the base for two years. They are accused of embarking on a crime spree that authorities believe includes six bank robberies from California to Washington. Most of the robberies were at Bank of America branches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1998 |
The two men arrested in connection with a bank robbery Thursday have been identified as Las Vegas residents suspected in five previous heists in California and Oregon, including one at the same bank a month earlier, Anaheim police said. After the 5 p.m. robbery at Fullerton Savings Bank in the 2300 block of East Lincoln Avenue, witnesses directed police to a nearby home where they said the robbers had fled. There, officers found and arrested Donald R. Kendrick, 46, and Russell E.
September 8, 1994 |
A prolific bank robber known as "the Shootist" pleaded guilty Wednesday to committing one armed robbery and agreed to admit to four others. Johnny Madison Williams Jr., 43, and his wife, Carolyn Marie Williams, 34, are suspected of taking more than $750,000 in 56 banks robberies over eight years in California, Washington and Texas. Among the crimes were robberies in Irvine, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo.
December 6, 1991 |
An FBI special weapons team flushed a heavily armed man from an Oxnard motel room early Thursday morning and arrested him on suspicion of robbing a dozen banks from Orange County to San Francisco. The suspect, Jaime Enrique Wheelock, 60, of Los Angeles, had been the target of an 18-month manhunt as he allegedly went on a robbery rampage.