Several members of the Los Angeles Four Tre gang and two others pleaded not guilty on Christmas Eve to involvement in bank robberies in Lakewood and across Western Washington, according to court documents.
Anthony Vanell Mosley, Jeanine Margurite Daniels, Curtis Wayne Smith Jr., Kevin Lamont Brown and Douglas Laddel Smith Jr. are charged with various counts of first-degree robbery. Mosley, Brown and Daniels are members of the gang, court records show. They range from 22 to 45 years old.
All five were arrested Dec. 22 at the Greyhound bus station in Olympia, after an FBI confidential informant told authorities that’s how they’d be returning to California.
According to court documents:
A trio of masked men wearing hoodies robbed a US Bank on Sept. 6 in the 9300 block of Bridgeport Way Southwest; they had two getaway drivers. One of the getaway cars was stolen, and the other was rented.
The group absconded with about $40, the bank estimates, and was in and out in less than 75 seconds.
On Oct. 22, four masked men in hoodies robbed a Seattle Wells Fargo bank of about $40,000 and left in a stolen vehicle.
Three men wearing hoodies and masks robbed a Kirkland Wells Fargo bank of $35,000 on Dec. 20, and also left in a stolen vehicle.
Lakewood police compared surveillance photos of the Lakewood and Kirkland robberies and found similarities between the shoes and clothing worn by suspects in each case.
The FBI informant told authorities this fall that Mosley was helping to coordinate bank robberies in the Puget Sound region.
He was convicted of bank robbery in federal court in 1998 for a robbery that involved a rental car and a stolen vehicle.
His wife told officers she rented a vehicle at her husband’s request in the days before the three robberies.
She identified the defendants as people who stayed at her Spanaway home days before some or all of the robberies.
A pillowcase found in the house matched one seen in surveillance photos of one of the robberies.
The state knows of other robberies in which the defendants are suspects.
The court set bail for each defendant at $1 million.