Three men accused in a high-profile Canyon Country bank robbery had their cases continued, as one defendant hired a famous attorney and another defendant’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 team during the famous O.J. Simpson murder trial, when he infamously asked Simpson to try on the bloody glove. After that trial he left the district attorney’s office and started teaching criminal law at UCLA. In 1999 he formed Darden & Associates Inc., specializing in criminal defense and civil litigation.
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 pursuit 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.