A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and a 21-year-old man is sought in connection with the July robbery of a Bank of the West branch in Stockton that left three people dead, including a mother of two who was used as a human shield by the suspects.
During a joint news conference Monday with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones announced that the 16-year-old was booked into San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on Thursday, accused of being an accessory after the fact and gang offenses.
The youth allegedly took the suspect vehicle, a Buick, that was used to deliver three gunmen to the Bank of the West on July 16 and dropped it off on West Street in Stockton. The Buick was recovered July 18.
Investigators seek another suspect, Pablo Ruvalcaba, 21, described as a gang associate, a Police Department news release states. Police said Ruvalcaba is wanted for questioning as possibly being the driver of the car that delivered the gunmen to the bank.
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The ATF also announced a $5,000 reward for information about how the gunmen obtained the AK47 rifle used in the robbery. That is in addition to a $50,000 reward already offered for information regarding the case.
The deadly robbery began about 2 p.m. July 16 when three robbers entered the bank. The men, armed with three handguns and an AK47, took three hostages, then led police on a 61-minute, 55-mile pursuit.
The chase ended with the death of one of the hostages, 41-year-old Misty Holt-Singh, and suspects Alex Gregory Martinez, 27, and Gilbert Renteria Jr., 30. Another suspect, Jaime Ramos, 19, survived, and faces murder and other charges.
Police confirmed in August that Holt-Singh was killed by police gunfire when the robbers used her as a human shield.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 837-0600. Callers can remain anonymous. Tips also may be texted to 274637, by typing in the keyword TIPSPD followed by the tip information, or via the department’s Facebook page by clicking “Submit a Tip”.