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Canyon Country Bank Robbery Suspects Back In Court

Three men accused in a high-profile Canyon Country bank robbery had their cases continued, as one defendent hired a famous attorney and another defendent’s counsel asked for more time.

Phillip Ely, Lavelle Mosley and Terion Collins, all of Los Angeles, are accused of seven felony counts, including second degree robbery, kidnapping to commit another crime, unlawfully taking a vehicle and evading an officer against traffic, according to a criminal complaint.

“One of the attorneys is engaged in trial, and at the same time, Mr. Collins hired a new attorney, Christopher Darden. He requested a discovery, so the matter is now put over to Jan. 28,” said Moira Curry, deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Darden was part of the prosecution during the famous O.J. Simpson murder trial, when he infamously asked Simpson to try on the bloody glove.

Collins was apprehended by sheriff’s deputies near the 210 freeway in Sylmar shortly after the robbery, which resulted in a nationally televised police pursuit.

“They don’t seem to be interested in an offer at this time, but these things change,” Curry said. 

Two of the suspects were taken into custody after they were captured by TV cameras throwing money out of the car. Ely and Mosley were in the car when it came to a stop in South Los Angeles, Curry said. 

At least four men robbed the Bank of America in Canyon Country in September, and then led deputies in a prusuit across Los Angeles County, and into downtown, where they began throwing money out of their getaway vehicle as dozens filled the streets.

A fourth suspect was captured on a security camera during the pursuit, but he is still at large, according to officials.

Two individuals were still in the vehicle when it was stopped by sheriff’s deputies. A third suspect was captured near the 210 freeway in Sylmar. That was where the fourth suspect was last seen.



Canyon Country Bank Robbery Suspects Back In Court

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Perry Smith is a print and broadcast journalist who has won several awards for his focused, hyperlocal community coverage in several different regions of the country. In addition to five years of experience covering the Santa Clarita Valley, Smith, a San Fernando Valley native, has worked in newspapers and news websites in Los Angeles, the Northwest, the Central Valley and the South, before coming to KHTS in 2012. To contact Smith, email him at
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