A Palmdale man suspected of a broad-daylight bank robbery is scheduled to have a jury trial next week.
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Demarie Rashad Mackey, 23, pleaded not guilty May 29, and then again Aug. 6, after he was held to answer to one count of armed robbery, according to an official with the District Attorney’s Office.
A jury trial is scheduled to start Tuesday, the official said.
Mackey was booked on one count of armed robbery, and other counts are pending an inter-agency investigation with another county, according to Detective Mike Staley of the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau.
“He got caught red-handed on this one, and we know that he’s committed at least two others,” Staley said.
Detectives believe Mackey walked into a Bank of America location in Newhall with a handgun and a stocking over his head, according to initial reports.
Mackey was booked on a 211 charge for allegedly robbing the Bank of America on the corner of Valley Street and Lyons Avenue at 10:40 a.m. at gunpoint, said Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Mackey is currently being held on $1.1 million bail because he was on parole at the time of his arrest.
Mackey was arrested Saturday. Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop of a red Camry shortly after the bank robbery.
He did not resist arrest, according to detectives. He is not believed to be affiliated with any gang, Staley said.
Mackey’s listed as a day laborer on Sheriff’s Department arrest records.
“(The suspect) took a small unknown amount of cash from the bank and he fled in a red (Toyota) Camry,” Bryski said.
Mackey was spotted heading northbound on Highway 14 and pulled over by deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in the Camry he allegedly was seen driving.
He was stopped near the Sand Canyon Road exit of Highway 14.
The man is believed to have acted alone, Bryski said, and no other suspects are being charged in connection with the robbery.
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Source: Santa Clarita News