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.

Christina August 24, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Perhaps a sign of more desperate times as our economy helds on this broken path. We are again reminded, our sweet little town of Pinole is not spared from the reality of the world. Hope it turns out injuries are not serious.
Benicia Swanson August 24, 2011 at 05:17 PM
I can see this from my work window, I have read that there is one injured and one dead.
Mary August 24, 2011 at 05:42 PM
This is about 2 miles from my work... I (used to) go to that Wells Fargo all the time. I guess they need to think twice about putting a bank so close to the freeway! No area is immune to crime :-(
Julie August 24, 2011 at 06:15 PM
I was going to go cash a check there this morning, but went to breakfast with my friend instead and decided to go to bank later. We saw police and fire trucks flying by the window where we were eating, and wondered what happened. Feeling blessed that I didn't end up in the middle of the robbery !!! I bank there regularly. Hoping & praying that the fatality was on of the robbers and not an innocent civilian, banker or police officer. Julie, El Sobrante, Ca
Edmund Gelacio August 24, 2011 at 06:35 PM
That's the second time this branch has been hit.
greg August 24, 2011 at 06:44 PM
So, how can a bad economy result in murder? That is not the case in Japan! It is clearly our irresponsible culture of entitlements. If I lost my job today, I would not feel compelled to prey on others. Besides, do you really think this guy ever wanted to work?
SalthePlumber August 24, 2011 at 08:25 PM
greg... Really??? Did you read your comment before you posted it? Entitlements? Japan? Do you know these bank robbers and why they did it? Maybe it is best to hear the details about this crime before making wild allegations...
Chandra August 24, 2011 at 08:37 PM
A bad economy can result in desparate measures such as trying to rob a bank which turned into murder. Either way it was an immoral decision but sometimes thinking that maybe he had it bad enough to feel compelled to rob a bank. No one knows the next person's situation and its pointless sitting around judging others for theirs.
Cathie Louden August 24, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Glad to hear the police officers are okay and they got the bad guys, one way or another!
Lea Deuel August 24, 2011 at 10:50 PM
My granddaughter`s school was on lock down for 3 hours today!!!! Thank god for police officers
greg August 24, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Saltheplumber: What wild accusations? What else is there to know? He robbed a bank and shot people, and you think the economy forced him to do that? I hope you don't lose your job! I hate to think what you would do.
greg August 24, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Chandra: If I rob a bank and shoot people, it will be appropriate for you to judge me. You can even label me a cruel criminal.
Cathie Louden August 25, 2011 at 12:22 AM
I am considerate of the police and security officer's families who were shot doing their job! The bad guys chose their life of crime a long time ago and chose to pick up a gun and chose to rob the truck today, plain and simple.. Thank goodness our Pinole Police officer and the security officer are okay! They did their jobs perfectly!
Bill Taggart August 25, 2011 at 12:48 AM
yes Cathie the police did there job and well and getting there in time to do so god bless them and there familys
greg August 25, 2011 at 01:33 AM
I am SHOCKED that some of you think it is even possible to have an excuse to rob and shoot innocent people. So do you really beleve it would be ok if this guy robbed and shot your loved ones...for ANY reason?
Claire Wichelmann August 25, 2011 at 01:35 AM
If my son/daughter robbed a bank and was shot, I would be very sad. However, they made their choice and would have to suffer the consequences, The robbers got what they deserved.
responsible parent August 25, 2011 at 01:45 AM
people that chose crime have other/better choices to make. they don't see or care about how there decisions hurt not only there family but a lot of others as well. if they don't care why the hell should I/we? this is why you need to raise your children right, parents need to take some responsibility.
responsible parent August 25, 2011 at 01:50 AM
Maybe shannon, but the chances are in the favor of a better person.
Cathie Louden August 25, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Latest news on these 2 criminals: " It was not the first time brothers, Pierre and Freddie Daniel, were suspected of armored car robbery. Police had warrants issued for both in connection with a similar attempt in May at a bank a mile away . " And The Beat Goes On !
Teresa August 25, 2011 at 02:17 AM
This is the exact reason why kids/adults don't take responsiblity for their actions because we make excuses for them. I don't care what kind of family they came from, what kind of disfunction they came from or that they just lost their job, they have NO excuse to go rob someone or business without having to suffer the consequences of their actions!! I will not ask why they did it...they did it and now dead or alive they and their family will have to suffer. They should have thought of their family before they choose their actions!! Excuses are like a*****es we all have them & some just stink!!
SalthePlumber August 25, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Greg, At the time of my post, details were sketchy and I suggested that we WAIT to hear about the details before jumping to any conclusions. What in the World does Japan or entitlements have to do with anything that happened today? Why do you suppose that these criminals were recently laid off? Do you know them? I dont condone what these men did for ANY reason. One was killed, the other wounded, so be it. My concern lies with the wounded policeman and his family. The bad guys were subdued and we should be thankful for that! Thats it!
Christina August 25, 2011 at 03:15 PM
I'm guessing my original post regarding the broken economy is what spurred the many comments about making excuses for what happened. I'd like to clarify my comment. There is no excuse to rob a bank or threaten/harm innocent people. I do however believe that we will see people become more desperate as our economy continues to fail (as I believe it will). It's not an excuse but rather it's acknowledment of a symptom. The 2 men involved in this robbery may have never worked a day in their life or ever wanted to, that's not really the point. I would also say that while I think Greg is playing devil's advocate and looking for a good debate with others just to ruffle some feathers, the great part is at least this has got people talking and thinking and that's generally a good thing. I'm very grateful for our police and glad they were able to respond so quickly, glad none of them lost their lives, and I'm sad for the families of the men who started it all. How sad for them that their loved ones made such horrible choices resulting in one loss of life. Indeed Cathie...the beat goes on...!
greg August 25, 2011 at 03:18 PM
SalthePlumber: My initial post was in reference to those who blame a poor economy for the terrible, and wholly intentional, actions of individuals. As a a human who is capabable of choice, I refuse to believe that we have no control over our what choice we make. When those men made the decision to use unlawful and terrible force on others merely to get what they want, I believe all of society should come out against them. As far as Japan goes, you are probably well aware that they too are suffering in this economy. Yet, in their society, that is no excuse to prey on others. In my opinion, this is why they generally do not do that. It used to be that way in this country also. By the way, I did read my comment before I posted it. No, I do not suppose they were recently laid off. I'll will bet you they have chosen not to work--perhaps you should have read my post before you responded. Entitlements: People in this country are not starving. I think if you check around, America is known as a country where even the "poor" are overweight. So, I find it hard to believe the economy somehow forced these guys to commit the terrible deeds they chose to commit. More than likely, they felt entitled to take what they please. Sure, I am not inside the minds of these criminals, but I am willing to bet on it. Perhaps a better sense of individual responsibility and accountability could not hurt...or, we can all just try to make excuses for these predators--your call.
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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