Image via WikipediaFrom the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office of Media Affairs
August 9, 2010
LOS ANGELES – Three men and a teenager arrested earlier this week after a police chase and standoff with the LAPD’s special weapons team were charged with multiple felonies today stemming from a series of armed street robberies.
The defendants were expected to appear for arraignment late today in Los Angeles Superior Court Department 30. All are in custody following their arrests in South Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Three of the defendants, including one who is 17 and was filed on as an adult, were charged in connection with three robberies that occurred shortly before their arrests on Aug. 4. All the robberies were in South Los Angeles and occurred within minutes of one another. One of the three was charged with evading police. The fourth defendant was charged with being an accessory after the fact.
Recommended bail for the defendants ranged from a high of $1.45 million to $35,000 for the defendant charged with being an accessory.
Los Angeles police responding to the robbery calls saw a vehicle matching the description of one allegedly used in the robberies, authorities said. A brief chase ending with a standoff on West 80thStreet followed. Police said they called in the SWAT team because of reports that the suspects were armed.
The defendants in case No. BA374465 are Demonta Ardistie Tann Jr., 17 (dob 1-30-1993); Marcus Lorenzo Jones, also known as Robert White, 24 (dob 12-7-1985); Corey Sullivan, 33 (dob 1-15-1977); and Eric Damonte Halton, 25 (dob 4-9-1985). Halton is charged with being an accessory. Besides six counts of second-degree robbery, Sullivan also is charged with felony evading. All defendants gave addresses in South Los Angeles when arrested.
The case was filed by Deputy District Attorney Kaarin Axelsen of the Central Complaints Division. It has not yet been assigned to a trial prosecutor.