Three Richmond men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of robbing the US Bank in Benicia, police Lt. Mike Daley said. Rork Parker, 24, Terrell Franklin, 24, and Travis Overton, 29, were booked into Solano County Jail Tuesday night for armed robbery and conspiracy, Daley said. Police received a call at 1:40 p.m. that the bank at 848 Southampton Road had just been robbed by two armed men wearing masks, Daley said.
A witness provided police with the license plate of a vehicle the suspects left in, and police determined the vehicle had been stolen in El Sobrante, Daley said. The suspects abandoned that car in Benicia and left in another vehicle, Daley said. The second vehicle was spotted in San Pablo in and around an apartment complex on Alan Court, Daley said.
One suspect was arrested almost immediately and the other two were arrested after a search by canine teams from the Vallejo and San Pablo police departments, Daley said. Police then searched a nearby apartment on Alan Court and both vehicles used by the suspects, Daley said. Police and the FBI are examining evidence from the searches to determine the suspects’ involvement in the Benicia bank robbery and whether the suspects were involved in bank robberies in other jurisdictions, Daley said.
“As with many violent crimes in out community, it appears as though armed criminals from other cities have targeted a Benicia business to victimize,” Daley said. “Once again, we had an alert citizen take notice of the getaway vehicle and provide valuable information,” Daley said. The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the investigation that led to the suspects’ arrests, Daley said.
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