Pursuit of Bank Robbery Suspects out of Santa Clarita

UPDATE Friday 2p.m.:

From the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office:

–Three reputed Rollin’ 40s Crips gang members were charged today with robbing a Canyon Country bank on Wednesday then leading police on a high-speed chase as they threw cash out the car’s window, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Phillip Ely, 29, Lavelle Mosley, 22,and Terion Lamarr (CQ) Collins, 25, are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at San Fernando Superior Court, Department S, said Deputy District Attorney Moira Curry. 

The three were charged with four counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime. The complaint alleges street gang and gun use allegations against each defendant. 

In addition, Ely is charged with evading an officer and auto theft with prior convictions. 

The three, along with a fourth unnamed suspect who has not been arrested, allegedly robbed a Bank of America in Canyon Country shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Sheriff’s deputies began a pursuit of a dark-colored SUV.

The hour-long 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 out the fleeing vehicle.

Prosecutors will ask bail be set for Ely and Collins at $1.35 million and for

Mosley at $1.3 million. If convicted, each faces life in prison.–

The four suspects lead law enforcement on an at time high speed pursuit from the Santa Clarita area along the Foothill (210) freeway to Pasadena and South Pasadena into downtown Los Angeles. Two of the suspects got out of the vehicle in Sylmar.

L.A. Sheriff’s Department deputies and detectives from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station assisted in the arrest of one of the suspects who got out of the vehicle.



The pursuit of bank robbers that began in Soledad Canyon/Santa Clarita ended in south Los Angeles.

The chase began with four suspects, two jumped out of the vehicle as the pursuit traveled through Sylmar. Two suspects continued east on the 210, then on to Pasadena, South Pasadena, through downtown L.A. to end in south L.A.

Suspects began throwing cash out of the vehicle’s windows in L.A. causing people to run into the street making the pursuit even more dangerous.

They were finally stopped, blocked at an intersection by traffic. L.A. County Sheriff deputies approached the vehicle with guns drawn and the suspects surrendered.

By the time the pursuit ended several people had gathered around the intersection. It became a possible dangerous situation. LAPD assisted as the crowd was dispersed and suspects were arrested.

Wednesday 12p.m.:

Law enforcement are in pursuit of suspected bank robbers out of Santa Clarita. The robbery took place at a Bank of America. The pursuit began from Santa Clarita to Pasadena then surface streets into the South Pasadena area. The suspect then drove onto the 110 freeway and is at present in the South Los Angeles area.

Once in Los Angeles suspects began throwing cash out of the windows of the vehicle.