Robbery Suspects Toss Cash into Air During Pursuit

Andrew Blankstein et al., Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2012

Even in the land of police chases, it was a wild ride.

A pair of bank robbery suspects Wednesday led cops on a bizarre, dangerous pursuit, hurling fistfuls of stolen cash from their car in a failed getaway bid that sent hundreds of people scrambling into the path of oncoming police cars as they lunged after the flying bills.

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“It’s our neighborhood stimulus package!” laughed Diane Dorsey, who watched the bedlam unfold from her front yard at the corner of Kansas and Vernon avenues.

“Kids were smiling like it was Christmas,” added a neighbor, who gave only his first name, Desean.

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The made-for-Hollywood chase began 40 miles to the north in Santa Clarita, when four armed men held up a Bank of America branch shortly after 10 a.m. and fled in a black Volvo SUV that had been reported stolen hours earlier, police said. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department quickly located the suspects and began to pursue them. Shortly after the chase began, two of the men bailed from the vehicle in an attempt to escape on foot but were taken into custody, said Capt. Mike Parker, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department.

The two remaining suspects continued on, jumping from freeways to streets and back again as they wound their way through the San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena and onward toward the skyline of downtown Los Angeles.

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But then, as the men sped through congested residential neighborhoods with more than a dozen Sheriff’s Department vehicles in pursuit and a police helicopter tracking them overhead, the windows in the back seat of the SUV went down. A hand grasping a wad of bills emerged and let go, sending the money fluttering to the pavement.

As he continued tossing the mix of hundreds, fifties, twenties and lower denominations in intermittent bursts, people in the area left their televisions and took to the curbs. The suspect waited until the car reached corners with large gatherings of people before sending more plumes of bills out the window, seemingly to maximize the number of people who would scramble into the street. Sheriff’s deputies were forced to slow and swerve to avoid hitting people.

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With each block, the crowds grew larger. Consisting mostly of young men, many cheered and raised their arms exuberantly as the SUV sped by. In the end, however, the ploy led to the suspects’ undoing.

With so many people following their escapade, the streets became congested with cars and pedestrians. As they tried to navigate along a clogged street, the SUV became trapped behind a truck. Sheriff’s deputies lept from their vehicles with guns drawn, swarmed the Volvo and yanked the suspects out. {snip}

Hundreds of onlookers descended on the scene, surrounding the police vehicles into which the suspects had been placed. With police badly outmanned and the crowd growing agitated, it appeared for several tense minutes that officers would need to use force to keep people at bay. The atmosphere lightened, however, after scores of LAPD officers arrived to help dissipate the crowd.

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Police urged people to turn in cash they scooped up, warning that it is a crime to keep it and that they would use video footage to try to identify people.

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  • Tim_in_Indiana

    “It’s our neighborhood stimulus package!” 

    Right. But it will only stimulate you to be even more lazy and certainly not to turn it in. After all, you are black.

    “Kids were smiling like it was Christmas,” 

    Typical something-for-nothing attitude.

     Consisting mostly of young men, many cheered and raised their arms exuberantly as the SUV sped by.  

    I’m sure they were just cheering the police for doing their job. Right?

     With police badly outmanned and the crowd growing agitated, it appeared for several tense minutes that officers would need to use force to keep people at bay.  

    Of course! They were mad that those lousy pigs cut off their free money.

     Police urged people to turn in cash they scooped up  

    Fat chance of that happening.

    • Up to my neck in CA

      “With police badly outmanned and the crowd growing agitated, it appeared for several tense minutes that officers would need to use force to keep people at bay.”

      To them it’s free money, they have no concept of wrong or right, just Whitey be taken what be mine! It’s doesn’t matter that money belonged to the bank and their customers, the robbers are viewed as heros, a modern day Robbin da Hood!

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

       You missed the best one, the media, possibly unknowingly, added a pun to their article.

      The atmosphere lightened, however, after scores of LAPD officers arrived to help dissipate the crowd.

      Reminds me of the sports commentator in Sweden who once, without being aware of the pun, said “It’s looking real dark on the cameroonian bench” when they were about to be beaten in a soccer-game (it translates kinda imperfectly).

  • Biff_Maliboo

    We’ll call this the “Create A Diversity Diversion” method of attempted escape.

  • Hirschibold

    This really is a metaphor for the Obama administration. He has handed out money left and right, some of which has reached students, the elderly, and veterans. None of this was done out of some kind of compassion, however, because:

    a) It’s only compassion when you’re using your own money, not the public’s
    b) Much as when bank robbers begin throwing loot out of the back of their getaway car, the recipients are only being given the handout in order to create chaos.

    Call it vote-buying, call it clientelism, call it Tammany Hall politics. Just don’t call it the Chicago way or Chris Matthews will let everyone know you’re a racist. Here are the choices in 2012:

    Obama- Continued dissolution of the state, the historic majority, and non-prosecution of those who break the law to come here illegally. Submission in the middle-east. Some nice student loan packages (and even grants if you’re dark enough), and whatever loot his cronies like John Corzine, Hilary Clinton, and Penny Pritzker don’t take for themselves. Astronomical debt on top of that, on track to reach 30 Billion by 2020.

    Romney-Some moderate enforcement of law on immigration (maybe), as well ‘immigration reform’ (i.e. more immigrants) under the guise of ‘competition’ (re: cheap labor), and a possible ground war with Iran, even if they halt or slow their uranium enrichment plans, as well as tax breaks for traitors, Israeli hawks, and open-borders fanatical plutocrats.

    The Republicans are greedy, the democrats are evil.

    In my darker moments, I sometimes think the best strategy on November 6th would be to pull one of these:

     

  • Defiant White

    I watched this live and the mob watchibng the arrest grew to hundreds in minutes.  No wonder libs and commies can always generate black mobs . . . and no wonder that they as a people never get ahead . . . if the Olympics had a Porch Sitting Marathon, negroes would win every time.

    Interestingly, the same thing happens in the Middle East.  I wonder if non-whites have a sixth sense that alerts them to large gatherings.  Like some claim “I see dead people” or “I feel rain coming” maybe non-whites can claim “I feel a mob.”

    Or could it be a highly developed sense of smell?

    • IstvanIN

       When you don’t work you have plenty of free time.  And most of them are sober enough to walk around by 12 or 1:00.

  • Puggg

    Robbery?  This is more like social justice.

    “It’s our neighborhood stimulus package!” laughed Diane Dorsey, who
    watched the bedlam unfold from her front yard at the corner of Kansas
    and Vernon avenues.

    And it’ll all be wasted either on bling, junk or drugs.  Just like most of the money they come by legitimately is wasted.  Someone else I read keeps saying it, poor people have poor ways, or to put it another way, most poor people are poor because they have poor ways.

     

  • Ulick

    He’s like a modern day Robin in Da Hood.

  • Ulick

    And for a contrast in Human Biodiversity…

    “Honest Japanese return $78 million in cash found in earthquake rubble”

    Japanese citizens have shown incredible honesty in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that brought the country to its knees.  It emerged yesterday that the Japanese returned almost $78million in cash found in the quake rubble.  In the five months since the disaster struck, people have turned in thousands of wallets and purses found in the debris, containing nearly $30 million in cash.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027129/Honest-Japanese-return-78million-cash-earthquake-rubble.html

  • What are all of these people doing HOME in the middle of the day?  Oh yeah I forgot, work is for the racist whites and asians.

  • Ulick

    Priceless.  So only two guys out of hundreds return the money and one guy is definitely white, and the screen shot of the USC officer shows a black guy and a white guy so there’s a chance that the only two to return the money were both white.

    Meanwhile, we have black people who couldn’t bother to put down their (likely free) cell phone for their news interview, and they admit to being out there for the free stolen cash and to potentially rough up the cops if necessary.

    It’s a short video, but it really tells you everything you need to know.

    • Yet the media’s reader  claimed, “And while many people cashed in on the pursuit, a few others turned in what they grabbed.” “Cashed in”? Implies some type of exchange, as in “cashing in your winning ticket”? And only later did the media reader reveal that, rather than “a few,”  only two actually returned the stolen money. Always trying to rehabilitate the images shown on screen.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Rats!  I’m a day late and 30 miles away!!

    You can bet these guys are now folk heroes in the black community — like Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger and Bonnie & Clyde who used to toss $$ to people living in dirt-poor “Hoovervilles.”

    The Feds will trace the money through Facebook, You Tube and Twitter.  The people who gathered up their redistributed money can’t keep their mouths shut and want to show off what is “rightfully theirs.”

    Bon

  • Just the Obama philosophy writ on a smaller scale. Steal from those who have and throw it at those who are too lazy, stupid, or doped up to obtain it by working for it.

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

       Right, but these guys forgot to do it the right way.
      After all, it’s the way that it is done that matters, not what is actually done.

      And, criminals as they were, they were planning on keeping a larger share than “non-criminal” politicians would. An unforgivable crime.
      After all, if you steal too much at the same time, people will catch on.

    • The__Bobster

      The mudflaps who are commenting on this story at various news sites think that this is wonderful for da hood where it happened, and that the bank won’t lose anything because it be insured, nome sane?