Three dead in violent Stockton bank robbery
July 17, 2014
A foiled bank robbery in Stockton left two robbers and one hostage dead and a third 19-year-old suspected robber in police custody. [KCRA]
At about 2 p.m., the three Stockton residents entered the Bank of the West. When police arrived, the robbers, with ammunition taped to their bodies, were leaving the bank with three hostages held at gunpoint. The robbers then fled with the hostages in a stolen SUV.
During the hour and a half chase that reached Lodi and Acampo, robbers threw two of the hostages, both bank employees, from the vehicle. One suffered a gunshot wound while the other was grazed by a bullet.
Homes and at least 14 patrol cars were hit with bullets.
After officers disabled the SUV, robbers and police continued to exchange gunfire.
When the shootout ended, the third hostage, a bank customer, was found dead in the SUV. One of the robbers died at the scene and a second died later at a hospital.
Police arrested the surviving bank robber, 19-year-old Jaime Ramos.