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Crowds linger after bank robbery pursuit ends in South L.A.

September 12, 2012 |  1:09 pm

About 200 people were still lingering at the corner of Vermont and Vernon avenues Wednesday afternoon following a bank robbery in Santa Clarita and a police chase through South L.A.

Some spoke of the chaos earlier, when people first realized that suspected bank robbers were tossing money out onto the streets.

"I got out on my bike and bunked out started chasing," said Yogi Collins. "Half of L.A. was chasing that fool!"

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Collins, who lives on 46th Street, a few blocks from the intersection,  said he was too late to snag any cash. He was taking in the scene on Vernon Avenue, where police and news vans assembled outside Numero Uno supermarket.

Another bystander, Anthony Solano, said he saw people swarming around the cash on 46th Street, "like piranhas attacking their meat."

"You know how piranhas feed, how they attack?" Solano said. "Yeah, that's what it was like."


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