Police seek driver in deadly Stockton bank heist

STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton said they're looking for the driver of a car that was involved in a bank robbery and violent shootout that ended with three deaths, including a hostage.

The car was seen on the bank's surveillance cameras on Wednesday. On Friday, shortly after police released a photo of the car to the public, a tip led investigators to the car, which was found abandoned four miles away from the bank.

Officer Joe Silva said Saturday that investigators also suspect the same men were involved in other bank robberies, including one in January at the same Bank of the West branch on Hammer Lane and Thornton Road robbed this week.

Silva said that in both cases, armed robbers made their get-away by stealing a bank employee's car.

In Wednesday's robbery, police say three armed men -- Alex Gregory Martinez, Gilbert Renteria Jr. and Jaime Ramos -- were dropped off at the bank and took three women as hostages.

Martinez and Renteria were killed in a gunbattle with police after an hour-long police chase. Ramos, the surviving suspect, was arrested after using a hostage as a human shield during a gunfight with police.


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