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August 6, 1994
Five people were charged Friday in connection with two bank robberies, including one in San Pedro in which a security guard was killed and another in Los Angeles in which a guard was shot in the back. Four men and one woman are accused in the July 20 robbery of the Home Bank in San Pedro and the July 26 robbery of the Gilmore Bank in Los Angeles. Security guard Juan Corona was shot and killed at the San Pedro bank. Gabriel Gomez, a guard at the Gilmore Bank at 6291 W. 3rd St.
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January 12, 2002 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The number of bank robberies has sharply declined in Los Angeles and neighboring counties in the last nine years, the FBI reported Friday. But assaults against bank customers and employees have increased, said John H. McEachern, supervisory special agent for bank robberies in the Los Angeles area. In fact, the number of such violent acts in 2001, at 49, was the highest for any year in records compiled since 1993.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1995
A routine traffic stop in Whittier over the weekend led to the recovery of $15,000 in stolen money and the arrest of four people now under investigation for a series of Southland bank robberies, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said Sunday. Sheriff's deputies who stopped a car for expired registration tags Saturday at 10 p.m.
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November 16, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police and the FBI offered a $5,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the "tennis elbow bandit," who is suspected of 23 bank robberies in Los Angeles County. Authorities gave the robber his nickname because he wears an athletic bandage over his right elbow. FBI officials said, in general, he probably is robbing banks close to his home. Between July 7, 2000, and Oct. 21 this year, he targeted 19 banks in the east San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1995
FBI agents and police officers Tuesday arrested a fugitive wanted in connection with 21 armed bank robberies in Los Angeles County and three in San Francisco after he allegedly held up a fourth bank in San Francisco. John Earl Wright, 35, is suspected of committing a rash of bank robberies in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Studio City, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood since June, authorities said.
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November 16, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police and the FBI offered a $5,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the "tennis elbow bandit," who is suspected of 23 bank robberies in Los Angeles County. Authorities gave the robber his nickname because he wears an athletic bandage over his right elbow. FBI officials said, in general, he probably is robbing banks close to his home. Between July 7, 2000, and Oct. 21 this year, he targeted 19 banks in the east San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2002 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The number of bank robberies has sharply declined in Los Angeles and neighboring counties in the last nine years, the FBI reported Friday. But assaults against bank customers and employees have increased, said John H. McEachern, supervisory special agent for bank robberies in the Los Angeles area. In fact, the number of such violent acts in 2001, at 49, was the highest for any year in records compiled since 1993.
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April 22, 1999 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sheriff's marksman killed a suspected bank robber in a stolen taxicab Wednesday after a five-hour standoff on the Pomona Freeway that tied up traffic for miles, authorities said. The man pointed a semiautomatic handgun at deputies after they fired two cans of "cold gas," an irritant, into the taxi, said Deputy Steve Sciacca. "A special weapons long rifle shooter who feared for the life of the deputies fired one round, which fatally wounded the suspect," he said.
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January 27, 1989 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
A pair of armed bank robbers apparently sneaked out the back door of a Bank of America branch in Downey with a couple of bags of money Thursday morning, just as dozens of police, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and FBI agents surrounded the location and prepared for a lengthy standoff.
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April 17, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jeno Koth, a deaf cabinetmaker from Hungary, entered a Pasadena bank in January, 1988, to cash his paycheck, a teller thought that he was the man who had robbed the Wells Fargo branch a week earlier. Minutes later, Koth was stunned to find himself surrounded by Pasadena police officers who handcuffed him and kept him in jail overnight before they realized they had the wrong man and released him, the 32-year-old Van Nuys resident testified last week.
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October 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A bank robbery suspect shot by police after a freeway chase Thursday died 12 hours later. William Lee Riley, 45, of Torrance died about 1:25 a.m. at County-USC Medical Center, said coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier. Riley reportedly had robbed a gas station in Torrance on Thursday, then fled from police on the Harbor Freeway, throwing cash as he drove, said Officer David Crespin. Police cruisers forced Riley's car to spin out near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
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October 5, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles police said Thursday they remain puzzled about the motives of two unidentified men who entered a California Federal Bank building Wednesday night in Echo Park and then evaded an intensive police search. Nothing was taken from the bank, said police spokesman Jason Lee. "This remains the subject of an ongoing investigation," he said. A surveillance camera confirmed the suspects were armed and inside the building before a police helicopter landed on the roof and the search began.
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May 20, 2001 | Times staff reports
Two suspected bank robbers were in custody Saturday with a third still at large after they attempted to hold up a Washington Mutual Bank in Valencia, authorities said. Dishion Demetrious Phillips, 23, and Steven Amir White, 24, were booked on suspicion of bank robbery and assault, authorities said. The third person drove the getaway car. The two men entered the bank shortly before 11 a.m.
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May 20, 2001 | From Times staff reports
Two suspected bank robbers were in custody Saturday after a holdup attempt at a Washington Mutual Bank in Valencia, authorities said. Dishion Demetrious Phillips, 23, and Steven Amir White, 24, were booked on bank robbery and assault charges, authorities said. A third man, believed to have driven the getaway car, was still at large. Two men entered the bank shortly before 11 a.m.
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March 11, 2001 | JAMES RICCI
ON A RAINY FRIDAY MORNING 14 STORIES ABOVE THE BANK ROBBERY Capital of the Nation, FBI agents John McEachern and Dan Bodony are talking lovingly of their work. A dispatcher's voice erupts from the office intercom. "We have a two-man takeover. In custody. A car. Fifteen to 20 witnesses." McEachern, an affable 46-year-old Alabamian, smiles, pushes up from his desk and excuses himself to attend to the matter at hand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2000
Four men who tried to rob a Brinks guard Friday outside a Bank of America branch in Whittier fled after the guard opened fire and apparently fatally wounded one of the men, police said. Whittier police said a man matching the description of the wounded suspect died at an emergency clinic in El Monte. He was not immediately identified.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997
A 23-year-old Redlands man accused of kidnapping and raping young girls in communities from Azusa to Moreno Valley is in custody after South Pasadena police arrested him following a bank robbery and identified him as the alleged serial rapist. The arrest of DeWayne Jackson brings to an end a two-county manhunt that began Jan. 29 after authorities accused him of grabbing a 15-year-old Azusa High School student at gunpoint from the school's driveway before class.
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March 23, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police recall a handful of bank robberies in Burbank for all of last year. But on Wednesday, there were three in one day. "But it's one guy that is doing this," Burbank Police Lt. Tim Stehr said. "It's not like it's three separate robbers." The three robberies all occurred within 30 minutes, and not more than about a mile apart. In each case, a man brandished a handgun and demanded money, Stehr said. In the first heist, at 11:02 a.m.
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