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Suspects killed in Stockton bank robbery shootout identified; hostage’s family recall their ‘rock’

07/18/2014 2:04 PM

08/11/2014 2:18 PM

These are the things a young daughter remembers about her mom.

She always came to softball games. She tried to photobomb the girl’s “snapchats.” She liked to chew ice.

“All. The. Time,” 12-year-old Mia Singh told a pool of reporters Friday in a Stockton parking lot.

Her head slightly lowered, her eyes cast downward, the girl thanked the community for its support. And then, her voice catching in her throat, she addressed Misty Holt Singh: “I love you, Mom.”

Two days earlier, Mia had been sitting in her mother’s parked car, busy on her cellphone, when her mother ran in to the Bank of the West to grab cash for a hair appointment. Three men soon emerged from the bank with three hostages, her mother among them. Singh would not survive the ordeal.

She died a loving wife, mother and sister and a dedicated member of the community, family members said Friday. Some of them stoic, others tearful, relatives acknowledged the reality of their loss had not quite sunk in. What would life be like without their “rock”?

“I don’t want to have to think that what’s going on is true,” said the woman’s 19-year-old son, Paul Singh Jr. “I wake up and I’m hoping it’s a dream and that my mom’s going to be there, but she’s not.”

Misty Singh, 41, was fatally shot sometime during a lengthy police pursuit that culminated in a shootout between officers and the three suspects more than an hour after the robbery on Thornton Road. Stockton police officials have said it’s unclear who shot the woman and when.

The other two hostages fell from the vehicle and lived. Two of their alleged captors were fatally wounded: Alex Gregory Martinez, 27, and Gilbert Renteria Jr., 30.

A third alleged suspect, Jaime Ramos, 19, is in the San Joaquin County jail, held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, robbery and kidnapping. Stockton police announced late Friday that they are searching for a fourth and unknown suspect who dropped the others off at the bank just before the robbery.

Flanked by his two children, Paul Singh Sr. tried to put into words what he and his family had endured in the last 48 hours.

“What happened to Misty is a nightmare,” Singh said. “It’s something that I would never want to happen to anybody.”

He said his wife was loved by anyone who knew her. Dedicated to her family, Singh “never did for herself, it was always for us,” her husband said.

Singh’s family did not talk about the actions by Stockton police officers that day, nor did they address criticisms beginning to surface. But Gregory L. Bentley, a family friend and a Los Angeles-area attorney, appeared to politely put the city on notice. He said the family would be requesting dispatch logs, footage and various policies, including those outlining use of force, under the state’s Public Records Act.

Sacto 911 Staff

Bill Lindelof

Cathy Locke

Andy Furillo
Superior Court

Denny Walsh
Federal Court

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