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Stockton police release photo of suspected drop-off vehicle in deadly bank robbery


SACRAMENTO - On Friday, the Stockton Police Department released a picture of the car suspected of dropping off three men they say robbed a bank, took three people hostage and led authorities on a violent pursuit Wednesday.

The car was only described as a black, four-door sedan with tinted windows.

Two of the suspects, yet to be identified, were killed in the shootout during the chase. The third suspect, 19-year-old Jaime Ramos was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on homicide, kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder charges.

New details revealed in Stockton bank robbery, shootout


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The investigation into Wednesday's bank robbery, high-speed police pursuit and hostage crisis is revealing new details about the suspects and hostages.

Bank customer Misty Holt-Singh was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon when the suspects got into a gunbattle with law enforcement at the end of a hour-long police chase. She was found dead in the stolen getaway SUV when it came to a stop at Thornton Road and Otto Drive. Police said she was used as a human shield by the lone surviving suspect identified as 19-year-old Jaime Ramos, an associate of the Norteno gang.

18 Stockton homes seized in high-end pot bust


STOCKTON - A major federal marijuana bust led to the seizure of 18 homes in Stockton, where DEA agents found thousands of high-quality marijuana plants.

The details of the raid in early July are contained in a federal criminal complaint.

At one home, located in the 5700 block of Caribbean Circle, agents reported finding 563 plants, 15 pounds of processed marijuana, an electrical bypass, industrial filters and fans, six electrical boxes and 42 grow light hoods containing 1,000 watt high-pressure sodium bulbs. That home was raided on July 1.

Agents also arrested Xi Pan Wu, who was inside the home at the time of the raid.

Neighbors of another home, said they were shocked that a major grow was happening under their noses.

"Every time I came out, there would be a white car parked here, all the time, but nobody would be coming in or coming out," neighbor Carlos Arzabal said.

Security guard resting from bank robbery ordeal


The security guard who was tied up and beaten in Wednesday's bank robbery in Stockton is recovering.

Luis Silva was working as the security guard at the Bank of the West on Thornton Road and Hammer Lane when three armed men went inside.

He called in the robbery to police but before he could do anything else, he found himself in the middle of the chaos.

"They went in and tied him up and beat him," said Luis' father, Jose Silva.

Silva thought his son had been killed in the dramatic bank robbery shootout that left three people dead, including a hostage and two suspects.

The security guard could do nothing while the suspects took three hostages at gunpoint and then drove off, leading police on a high-speed chase through San Joaquin County.

Last moments of Stockton police chase, deadly shootout


Keith Burgad shot a video of several dozen Stockton police and California Highway Patrol units chasing an SUV wanted in a bank robbery as they drove past him on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

He posted the video on YouTube Wednesday; by Thursday night the video had more than 64,000 views.

The video records the last moments of a nearly hour-long high-speed chase after a bank robbery. Wednesday afternoon, three people robbed a Bank of the West branch at Hammer Lane and Thornton Road and took three women hostage. Police said the robbers stole a bank employee's SUV and led dozens of police cars on a chase that went from north Stockton to Lodi, Morada and back to north Stockton.

Three suspects and at least one hostage were inside the blue Ford Expedition when this video was recorded. In the video, hundreds of gunshots can be heard as suspects fired "AK-47-style rifles" at law enforcement.

Eyewitness recounts Stockton shootout climax


A man in a house on the very street where a violent hour-long police chase with bank robbery suspects came to a head Wednesday afternoon said he could see multiple gunshots drilling the suspect SUV.

In an interview with ABC, Manuel Gallegos said, "We heard the sirens coming and then all of a sudden a pop, pop, pop … you know and we just happened to look out the window and see them going by and we started counting police cars and we stopped at nine."

The incident began when three people robbed a Bank of the West branch at Hammer Lane and Thornton Road Wednesday afternoon and took three women hostage. Police said the robbers stole a bank employee's SUV and led dozens of police cars on a high-speed chase that lasted approximately an hour .

The pursuit went from north Stockton to Lodi, Morada and back to north Stockton.

Stockton police: Tipsters help ID man suspected of shooting two boys


A man wanted in connection with the shooting of two boys in Stockton last Sunday has been identified.

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Police release photos of suspect, car in shooting of Stockton boys

Stockton police say thanks to tips sent to Crime Stoppers, their investigation into the shooting of the 12- and 15-year-old boys has led them to obtain a no-bail arrest warrant for attempted murder for suspect Alfonso Martinez.

Martinez, 20, was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The accompanying photograph shows Martinez.