A 19-year-old Stockton man is expected to be charged Monday with triple-murder in the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two other robbery suspects who died amid a violent police shootout in broad daylight, prosecutors said.
Detectives say they are “confident” that one of the men killed in Wednesday’s bank robbery, hostage situation and deadly shootout carried out a robbery at the same Bank of the West branch earlier in the year.
People from all over the area met at the Waterfront Hotel in Stockton – a city the mayor says is in mourning and pain.
While police in the Northern California city of Stockton searched Saturday for an accomplice in a bank robbery that led to a police chase and deadly shootout, investigators said they suspect the same men carried out other area bank heists, including one at the same branch hit this week.
Lisa Joseph survived the horrific ordeal in 1991, but is still haunted by it. She says there’s no set of guidelines for hostages on how to heal and deal with the trauma. She knows like her, the women in Wednesday’s robbery will be forever changed.
The robbery at the Stockton Bank of the West led to a nearly hour-long pursuit and shootout where suspects are believed to have used a hostage as a human shield.
Holt-Singh, 41, was taken hostage in a Bank of West branch by AK-47 wielding robbers while her 12-year-old daughter waited outside in the car. Holt-Singh was shot while in the back of the suspects’ stolen SUV during the ensuing gun battle after they stopped fleeing and turned to face police with their assault rifles.
A fourth suspect connected to the robbery of a Stockton Bank and the chase and deadly shootout that followed is still on the loose, according to authorities.
She made a stop at a Stockton Bank of the West on Wednesday, leaving her 12-year-old daughter in the car. Moments later, the madness unfolded. Her own daughter watched as her Misty was taken hostage and driven away.
At 2:11 p.m. on Wednesday, police in the California city of Stockton received a report of a bank robbery in progress, police said. What follows is a summary by police of the subsequent hour-long chase and furious gunbattle that ended in the deaths of two suspects and a hostage.
Police have identified the surviving suspect from Wednesday’s bank robbery and chase that left three dead as 19-year-old Jaime Ramos.