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*Antioch Police Allege February Bank Robbery Was An Inside Job

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Police have arrested five people, including a Diablo Valley College student and a bank teller who allegedly posed as a victim, in connection with a bank robbery in Antioch in February, police announced today.The robbery happened shortly before 6 p.m. at the Metro One Credit Union on Lone Tree Way on Feb. 25.  Witnesses told police that two armed men had entered the bank wearing dark clothing and ski masks, according to Antioch police Lt. Leonard Orman. One of the men allegedly held the teller, 20-year-old Pittsburg resident Daniel Ramsey, at gunpoint and ordered him to open the vault and fill a bag with money. Ramsey allegedly did as he was told and put about $74,000 into a bag, Orman said. The gunmen then left the bank and fled the area through nearby backyards.Police searched the area but didn’t find the suspects. They did, however, find a glove they believe belonged to one of the suspects and a packet of $20,000 in a nearby yard.Detectives described Ramsey as “emotional and teary during his initial interview,” Orman said.Antioch police, working with the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service and Pittsburg police, allegedly found evidence that Ramsey and 21-year-old Antioch resident Angelo Leyesa had hatched the plan to rob the bank They allegedly modeled their heist after a robbery at the same credit union about a year earlier that Ramsey had witnessed, Orman said.The two men allegedly recruited Diablo Valley College student Shannon Sorrell, an 18-year-old Antioch resident, to be their getaway driver.The trio allegedly planned to have Leyesa go into the bank by himself and hold Ramsey at gunpoint, but during an initial attempt, Leyesa allegedly thought people had seen him, lost his nerve and aborted the robbery, Orman said.The trio then allegedly recruited 19-year-old Antioch resident Jarett Sermeno and 18-year-old Kevin Taylor, a transient, to go into the bank.On the day of the robbery, Sorrell allegedly drove Leyesa, Sermeno and Taylor in her car to Center Lane and parked at the rear of the bank.Sermeno and Taylor allegedly got out, robbed the bank and then ran back to the car and got in the trunk.Sorrell drove away with Leyesa sitting in the passenger seat.The group allegedly met up at Leyesa’s house later that evening and split the money.Ramsey and Leyesa were arrested Sunday. Sorrell, Taylor and Sermeno were arrested Monday, Sorrell at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and Taylor in Antioch. Sermeno turned himself in at the police station Monday evening.So far, investigators have found about $22,000 of the $54,000 that was taken. The suspects allegedly spent the rest of the money on a car, a gold grill, stereo equipment, alcohol, marijuana, motorcycle parts, clothing and bills and debts, Orman said.

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