Bank personnel stated that two men wearing black clothing, including ski-type masks, entered the bank armed with handguns and fled with approximately $74,000 dollars. Antioch Police detectives, with the assistance of the FBI, U.S. Secret Service and Pittsburg Police, conducted an investigation and obtained search and arrest warrants for armed robbery and conspiracy for 21-year-old Angelo Leyesa and 20-year-old Daniel Ramsey, who was a teller at the bank.
Ramsey was described by officers as being emotional and teary-eyed during his initial interview. On March 8, the search and arrest warrants were served at Ramsey’s home in Pittsburg and Leyesa’s residence in Antioch. Both subjects were arrested without incident. Based on evidence and information obtained in interviews with these suspects, search and arrest warrants were obtained for 18-year-old Shannon Sorrell, 19-year-old Jarett Sermeno and 18-year-old Kevin Taylor.
It was determined that Sorrell was the driver, and Sermeno and Taylor were the gunmen who entered the bank. On March 9, Sorrell was arrested without incident at Diablo Valley College, where she is a student. That afternoon, on Prewitt Ranch Way in Antioch, investigators located Taylor in a vehicle with subjects unrelated to the robbery. He was taken into custody without incident. Sermeno’s house was searched later that same afternoon and he was not present. That evening, he turned himself in to the Antioch Police Department.
Based on the interviews with the suspects, witnesses and the evidence collected at this point, Ramsey, the teller, and Leyesa hatched the plan to rob the bank some time ago. They modeled the robbery plan after an actual robbery that Ramsey was present at in the same credit union approximately a year ago. Sorrell was recruited as the driver of the getaway car.
Prior to the Feb. 25 robbery, the trio attempted to commit a robbery employing Leyesa as the lone gunman. After believing that bystanders recognized him, Leyesa lost his nerve and aborted the robbery.
He later recruited the two gunmen, Sermeno and Taylor. Sorrell still acted as the driver, and Leyesa was the co-pilot in the car. They drove Sorrell’s car to Center Lane in Antioch to the rear of the bank. Taylor and Sermeno exited the car and robbed the bank. After the robbery, they ran back to the car and got into the trunk of Sorrell’s car. Sorrell drove away. They later went to Leyesa’s home and split the money. Ramsey eventually arrived there and took his money also.
To date, investigators have located approximately $22,000 dollars of the $54,000 that is still outstanding. It was learned that the suspects spent several thousands of dollars on a car, a gold grill, stereo equipment , alcohol, marijuana, motorcycle parts, clothing and bills and debts.
Those with further information regarding this investigation should contact Detective Castillo at 925-779-6933.