Reputed gang members charged in bank robbery, cash toss
Three reputed Rollin’ 40s Crips gang members were charged Friday with robbing a Canyon Country bank Wednesday then leading police on a high-speed chase as they threw cash out the car’s window in South L.A.
They were identified as Phillip Ely, 29; Lavelle Mosley, 22 and Terion Lamarr Collins, 25. They are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in San Fernando Superior Court, Deputy Dist. Atty. Moira Curry said. The three are charged with four counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime.
Prosecutors allege that as street gang members, they used a gun to rob the bank. In addition, Ely is charged with evading an officer and auto theft with prior convictions. Prosecutors identified them as Rollin’ 40s gang members.
The three, along with a fourth unidentified suspect who has yet to be arrested, are accused of robbing a Bank of America in Canyon Country shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Their attempt to escape in a stolen Volvo SUV prompted a televised pursuit by L.A. County sheriff’s deputies. As they sped through streets, they tossed fistfuls of cash into the air.
The hourlong 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 from the fleeing vehicle. Sources familiar with investigation say the suspects tossed some of the money out in their own territory and made calls to friends as they fled telling them what they were doing.
If they are convicted, each faces life in prison, prosecutors said.