COLLEGE STUDENTS ARRESTED IN BANK HEIST; ONE SUSPECT WAS CANYON HIGH FOOTBALL STAR.
Byline: Mary Schubert Daily News Staff Writer
A former high school football star and his cousin, both students at College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. , were arrested Wednesday after a takeover bank robbery The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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Bank robbery is the crime of robbing a bank. by two armed bandits who fled in a stolen car, officials said.
Eddie James Eddie James, also known as Edward James, Edward T. James, or Edward Matlack was described as having the most violent, leering face shown on America's Most Wanted. Eddie James was convicted of killing, after he strangled and raped an eight year old girl, Toni Neuner, and stabbed her Pugh, 20, and Georgina Janelle Greene, 19, both of Canyon Country, were arrested on suspicion of robbing the Citibank branch at 19100 Soledad Canyon Soledad Canyon is a long narrow canyon / valley located in Los Angeles County, California between the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita. Soledad Canyon contains the localities of Vincent, Acton, Ravenna, and Agua Dulce. Road, said sheriff's Lt. Steve Dolan. Both suspects are full-time students at the college and Pugh recently played defensive back for the newly revived Cougars football team.
The pair were taken into custody within a half-hour of the 9:30 a.m. stickup, in which shotgun-wielding bandits ``dressed head to toe in to stand or carry the feet in such a way that the toes of either foot incline toward the other.
See also: Toe black clothing'' stormed the bank branch near Whites Canyon Road, said sheriff's Sgt. Howard Fairchild.
More than $2,000 in cash - including ``bait'' money from the bank - was recovered. Dolan said Greene had some of the cash stuffed down her pants.
He said investigators believe a third person might have been involved in the robbery. ``There's a good chance that we still have one suspect outstanding,'' Dolan said.
Nobody was hurt in the holdup and no shots were fired, but Dolan said the robbers cocked the shotguns and loaded a round into a chamber.
``One of the suspects stands in the middle of the bank and herds everybody into . . . the lobby area, while the other one goes through the cash drawers,'' the lieutenant said. ``They were only in the bank for a minute and a half, two minutes maximum.''
The suspects fled in a 1989 Nissan Maxima The Nissan Maxima is a car manufactured by Nissan that is in a line of upper mid-size executive and sports sedans. The Maxima debuted in 1976 as an upscale version of the Bluebird and was spun into its own line in 1980, having been made continuously since then. , then abandoned it in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Hidaway Avenue. Witnesses there told deputies they had seen a U-Haul truck flee from the scene.
Not long after, deputies spotted and pulled over a U-Haul truck heading east on Soledad near Shangri-La Drive, and they arrested Pugh and Greene. Greene was booked in lieu of $50,000 bail while Pugh, who is on parole for a robbery conviction Noun 1. robbery conviction - conviction for robbery
judgment of conviction, sentence, conviction, condemnation - (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed; "the conviction came as no surprise" , was jailed without bail, Fairchild said.
The Nissan Maxima used to flee from the Citibank branch was linked to a Nov. 23 home-invasion robbery in the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Police Department's Pacific Division. LAPD 1. LAPD - Link Access Procedure on the D channel.
2. LAPD - Los Angeles Police Department. officials refused to release details of their investigation.
However, Dolan said the Maxima is registered to a man with addresses in Woodland Hills and Los Angeles. ``I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. if it was stolen and then used in the home-invasion robbery, or stolen in the course of the home-invasion robbery,'' the lieutenant said.
Pugh was a star football player while at Canyon High School Canyon High School can refer to:
``Pugh had gone to Coach (Chuck) Lyon about a week or 10 days ago, indicating he was having some problems,'' said John McElwain, a college spokesman. ``They agreed that he wouldn't be playing on the team any more.''
In September 1996, Pugh pleaded guilty in Van Nuys Superior Court to a felony charge of attempted carjacking The criminal taking of a motor vehicle from its driver by force, violence, or intimidation.
The u.s. justice department categorizes the crime of carjacking as a "completed or attempted Robbery of a motor vehicle by a stranger , stemming from the December 1995 holdup of a Pizza Hut deliveryman in Van Nuys. Although Pugh was only 17 at the time, prosecutors opted to try him as an adult.
The guilty plea was part of an arrangement that carried a minimum 18-month state prison sentence, in exchange for two other felony charges being dropped. Pugh also had run afoul of the law when, in March 1996, he was arrested for possessing a sawed-off shotgun while still out on bail for the attempted carjacking.
3 Photos, Map
PHOTO (1 -- color in SAC only) Sheriff's deputies secure a crime scene after the robbery of a Canyon Country bank Wednesday. In the robbery, no one was hurt and no shots were fired.
(2 -- color -- ran in SAC edition only) A sheriff's deputy walks one of the suspects over to an eyewitness for identification after their arrest along Soledad Canyon Road.
(3 -- color -- ran in SAC edition only) Deputies escort a suspect to a squad car after the Citibank robbery. The suspects were identified as students of College of the Canyons.
Shaun Dyer/Special to the Daily News
MAP: Santa Clarita
LEGEND: (1) Two masked suspects armed with rifles robbed Citibank and fled in a stolen Nixxan Maxima.
(2) The Maxima was dumped in the parking of of a Hidaway Avenue condo complex, and suspects take off in U-Haul box truck.
(3) Suspects apprehended on eastbound Soledad at Shangri-la.