ALAMEDA, CA Two brothers with criminal records have been charged with multiple felony counts for a string of five armed robberies at banks in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley and Fremont, police said.
Russell Bartlow, 53, and Jerron Bartlow, 36, who live together in the 2000 block of 100th Avenue in East Oakland, were arrested in Oakland last Wednesday and were charged last Friday. They’re scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland on April 10 to enter pleas. Berkeley police Officer Mike Parsons wrote in a probable cause statement that the Bartlow brothers were arrested for robberies at a Chase Bank branch in Oakland on Nov. 19, a Citibank branch in Alameda on Dec. 19, a Bank of the West branch in Oakland on Jan. 23, a Chase Bank branch at 1870 Solano Ave. in Berkeley on Feb. 9 and at a bank in Fremont on March 18. A total of at least $40,000 was taken in the robberies, Parsons said.
Security camera footage and motor vehicle records connected the Bartlow brothers to the series of crimes, Parsons said. One of the suspects wore a security guard jacket and was armed with a small-framed black revolver, according to Parsons. In addition, a records check indicated that Russell Bartlow was on probation for a conviction in federal court for a bank robbery, Parsons wrote.
When officers searched the brothers’ home they found a security guard jacket, black cargo pants, black Nike shoes and a small black revolver that were all consistent with what authorities believe Russell Bartlow wore
or used during the bank robberies, Parsons said. Russell Bartlow ultimately confessed to four of the five robberies, including both incidents in Oakland and the incidents in Berkeley and Fremont, according to Parsons.
He also admitted to wearing the security guard uniform and being armed with a revolver during the robberies, Parsons said. Russell Bartlow is charged with nine counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm and possession for sale
of a controlled substance.
Jerron Bartlow is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors say Russell Bartlow has seven prior felony convictions dating back to 1985. They say he has three convictions for armed robbery, two for second-degree robbery, one for second-degree commercial burglary and one for possession for sale of a controlled substance.
Prosecutors say Jerron Bartlow has a prior conviction for possession for sale of cocaine base.
Russell Bartlow is being held in custody in lieu of $1.2 million bail and Jerron Bartlow is being held in lieu of $410,000 bail.
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March 25–An apparently “delusional” man indiscriminately opened fire inside a bus on the Strip this morning, killing one person, wounding another, and barricading himself inside the vehicle, prompting authorities to shut down a stretch of the Strip for several hours while officers negotiated his surrender, according to Metro Police.
Police stressed that the shooting, which transpired on the second floor of a Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada bus, was isolated and wasn’t thought to have a nexus to terrorism. Officers, who arrived at the scene near the Cosmopolitan almost immediately after the rounds went off about 10:45 a.m., encountered fleeing passengers and quickly determined the suspect was still on the bus, Metro Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts said. The two wounded people, who were believed to be unknown to the gunman, were rushed to University Medical Center where one of them died and the other, who was shot once in the stomach, is expected to recover, Roberts said.
What followed–for more than four hours–were attempted negotiations with the suspect, who as of this evening had not been formally identified, police said. At least one loud bang not attributable to gunfire was reported during the standoff. During the standoff, the suspect fired off more rounds as officers sent robots to the bus, Roberts said, but officers did not return fire. Then about 3:15 p.m., negotiators convinced the man to drop his .45-caliber handgun and peacefully surrender, Roberts said. No one else was inside the bus.
Metro’s tactical phase has been completed at that point and the probe was turned over to homicide detectives, police said. Metro spokesman officer Larry Hadfield urged those in or around the bus during the shooting to contact police at 702-828-7777. Further details on the suspect, only described as being a local in his 50s and “delusional,” hadn’t been released as of Saturday evening. Roberts said he “didn’t seem to have a motive” for firing his gun. Photographs captured the man, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans, flip flops and a light orange cap, being hauled off by heavily-armed SWAT officers wearing helmets and carrying shields.
Traffic was shut down on Las Vegas Boulevard between Flamingo Road and Harmon Avenue. Northbound traffic reopened soon after the suspect surrendered and the rest of the closures were lifted about 5:20 p.m., RTC said. Sidewalks near the incident also were closed to foot traffic, marking one of the rare occasions when the Strip was empty of pedestrians and cars alike. And during the standoff and sometime after, hotel and casino patrons trapped between the perimeter were not allowed to exit through the front doors, police said. Standing in a denim jacket with her hands folded across her chest, Cosmopolitan guest Remy Camacho, 47, walked across the casino from a slot machine where she was seated at the north end of the venue to step outside just after 5 p.m.
The main entrance at the time remained guarded by a set of chairs and a security guard who said “negative” when asked if he knew when it would reopen. Camacho said she hadn’t been given any news of the barricade outside by the resort, but “could live with” not going out the front door for the afternoon. She expressed concerns for proximity of the shooting to where she was enjoying her Las Vegas vacation.
“That’s kind of scary that it happened right here,” said Camacho, who lives in San Diego. “What’s to stop someone from coming inside and doing that?”
Foot traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard near the site of the barricade had both tourists and locals alike grumbling impatiently as they tried to navigate through heavy crowds. Walking north past the Linq minutes after the suspect was reported captured, Las Vegans Hannah Savage, 24 and Amanda Pearla, 25, compared the jammed pedestrian flow to that of the year’s busiest summer weekends on the Strip and even New Year’s Eve.
“It’s definitely not this hard to get around normally,” said Savage, a 15-year Las Vegas resident.
“At this time, we can confirm Las Vegas Metro Police Department is investigating an ongoing incident on Las Vegas Boulevard near The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas,” the Cosmopolitan said in a statement. “We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials and have no further details pending investigation.” The Cosmopolitan said the safety of their guests was a top priority.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the rider who was fatally shot, and we also extend our sincere sympathies to the injured victim, the bus operator and the other passengers who were aboard during this tragic incident,” Angela Castro, a spokeswoman for the RTC, said in a statement. “The safety and security of our transit riders, contractors and staff is our utmost priority. We are working closely with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and remain committed to providing a safe public transportation system.”
Police stressed that the incident wasn’t connected to a Hollywood-film-like heist at a high-end jewelry store at the nearby Bellagio about 10 hours earlier, police said.
Clark County Fire Department command staff responded to the scene with Metro, fire officials said in a statement.
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A Utah husband and wife celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary are among the victims of Wednesday s terror attack near the U.K. s Parliament in London Time
Family members of Melissa Payne Cochran and Kurt Cochran answer questions from the press at New Scotland Yard on March 27, 2017 in London, England.(Photo: Dan Kitwood, Getty Images)
LONDON The family of two American victims of the terror attack in London that killed four people last week have thanked the public for their “kindness and consideration.”
Kurt Cochran, 54, was killed and his wife Melissa injured when attacker Khalid Masood deliberately drove his vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday. Masood then fatally stabbed a police officer outside the nearby Houses of Parliament, before he was shot dead. The Islamic State claimed Masood as a soldier of the group. Twelve people have been arrested in the investigation and nine of them have been released with no further action, police said. A 30-year-old man detained in the central city of Birmingham on Sunday is in custody, as is a 58-year-old man arrested on Thursday. A 32-year-old woman arrested on Friday has been released on bail. Kurt and Melissa Cochran were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and were on the last leg of a European tour when they were caught up in the attack.
The couple’s family held a press conference at New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, on Monday morning.
This has been a humbling and difficult experience, but we’ve felt the love of so many people during these past several days,” said Clint Payne, Melissa Cochran s brother.
“It has been a tender experience for our family to be together with Melissa here. Her health is steadily improving and she has been strengthened by the presence of her family. She is so grateful for the outpouring of love and generosity. Payne thanked the medial staff, government agencies in the U.S. and Britain and Delta airlines for their assistance.
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“The most difficult part of all of this is that Kurt is no longer with us, and we miss him terribly. He was an amazing individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place. He left a legacy of generosity and service that continues to inspire us,” he added.
“We are deeply saddened to lose him but are grateful that the world is coming to know him and be inspired by him. Thank you for your many stories that have touched our family and helped us remember and celebrate his life.
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