UPDATE: Bank Robbery Suspects Are San Pablo Brothers

A Loomis Armored truck near a Wells Fargo Bank was the target of robbers Wednesday morning.

The two suspects in Wednesday's deadly attempted robbery at a Wells Fargo Bank are brothers from San Pablo, and police are investigating whether they were involved in a previous robbery in Richmond, Pinole Police Chief John Hardester said late Wednesday.

Hardester did not name the suspects, citing protocol that family members of the man fatally killed first must be notified.

"We are investigating to see if there's a nexus," in the previous robbery that happened some months ago, Hardester said late Wednesday night.

The suspect who survived the incident is in critical condition, Hardester said.

A Pinole police officer and school resource officer is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder sustained during gunfire exchange with men suspected of trying to rob an armored car at the bank. He is due to have surgery Thursday, Hardester said. A second officer at the scene shot and killed one of the suspect's Hardester said.

The driver of a Loomis Armored car sustained wounds to her stomach and to her left leg in a shootout with the suspects, Hardester said. She is in serious but stable condition as of Wednesday night.

The injured officer is a two-year veteran, the chief said. His name has not been released, and his injuries are not life-threatening.

Events began at 9:16 a.m., when police dispatch received calls from Wells Fargo Bank and from members of the public that two men had robbed the armored vehicle and had shot one of the Loomis security officers.

Initially, two Pinole police officers responded, and shortly after arriving encountered one of the suspects near the bank. One of the police officers shot a suspect, killing him.

Hardester said that shots were fired both near the armored car which was in front of the bank, and on the street, behind the building.

Within minutes of the shooting, law enforcement officers from multiple areas sped to the scene. They included officers from Hercules, Richmond, Moraga and Pleasant Hill police departments and from Contra Costa County Sheriffs and California Highway Patrol.

Police arrested the second suspect at a hospital, where he had gone with gunshot wounds that likely occurred when one of the Loomis guards returned fire on him, the news release said.

Identities of the responding officers, suspects and security guards have been publicly released.

Police cordoned off a stretch of Fitzgerald Drive, near the scene of the incident, until about 5 p.m. where the robbery attempt occurred, say employees who have tried to get to work at Target and Staples. The also blocked access to businesses in a strip mall across Fitzgerald Drive, including the In-and-Out and Outback restaurants.

By 5:30 p.m. the cordoned off area was limited to the area around the bank.

An investigation is being conducted by Pinole and Richmond police, as well as the Contra Costa District Attorney.

Cindy G. August 25, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time... robbers knew that they were risking their lives and the lives of others going into the situation and clearly felt it was worth the risk. Stop making excuses for deviant behavior. There is right and there is wrong. This was a crime and should not be sugar coated or be viewed in any apologetic way on behalf of those that did wrong. One paid with his life, and the other with an injury and jail time. Unfortunately peace officers were seriously hurt trying to protect the community. Justice must be served not pacified.
Frida August 25, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Ugh, SlathePlumber, did you even bother to read your comment before you posted it up, "Do you know these bank robbers and why they did it?" Are you kidding me?! Do you think the wounded police officer and the arm guard, let alone their families are actually going to find some type of console in the reasoning of WHY the robbers shot at them that could have ended their lives?! Are you suggesting that the reason is supposed to justify the robbers actions? That perhaps if we were to hear the so-called details of their motives, like maybe the perpetrators were having financial troubles because they had a sick family member in the hospital and they just had to rob an armored car at gun point and shoot at whomever got in their way, even if they killed innocent bystanders, so to pay the hospital bill, is it suppose rationalize away their violent crime!? Are you for real? That is one of the biggest problems in our society- there is NO accountability just excuses for when people break the law and commit these horrible crimes!!!!… Well, SlathePlumbe, since the gunmen will most likely survive and will go to court, I’m sure they will want you as their juror so you can pardon them and they will get another chance to successfully rob another bank or armored vehicle and who knows maybe just MAYBE this time they can kill the police officer, bank security officers, arm guard employee who tries to stop them and any bystanders that happen to be in their way too.
greg August 26, 2011 at 03:24 AM
I would prefer to think I was advocating for good and decency. It does not seem all that complex to me. Try to leave things better than you found them, be indifferent, or victimize others. At least that is what my grandma (who survived the great depression) told me. In any case, I shall not return--things to do. Take care.
ej August 26, 2011 at 07:15 AM
My sister work in that branch.. This is the second time that she witnessed robbery in that bank.. But this one is far worse since gun shooting is involved.. Regardless of the terrible tragedy, I am so thankful that all of them were ok..
Troy September 14, 2011 at 04:28 PM
It seems to me like everyone is right in this argument and wrong too. In a blanket statement, certainly desperate times will lend the possibility of desperate measures, however in this particular case, the motive is unknown. Even if their reason had to do with the economy, I would agree that it wouldn't be a legitimate one. As for crimes in the U.S. being higher because of a general sense of entitlement, I'm not sure about that. I also have no knowledge of Japan's crime rate to compare it with us. I'm glad the police successfully kept these bad guys from getting away. I'm personally not too concerned with their motives. They made their own choices, took their own risks and paid their own consequences.


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