Stockton (CA)

Bank Robbery, Car Chase, Shootout: 2 Suspects, 1 Hostage Dead

The incident began with a mid-afternoon armed robbery at a branch of the Bank of the West in the city of Stockton, police said. Then the three male suspects grabbed the hostages and jumped into a getaway car.

“During the chase, the suspects continually shot at officers with AK-47 style rifles,” the Stockton police department said in a statement, adding that nearby homes and many police cars were damaged in the spraying gunfire.

Officers pursued the car from Stockton to the nearby city of Lodi and then back into Stockton again, police said, in a chase that last just under an hour.

“Both communities were at huge risk and top concerns were the hostages, but also the suspects taking more hostages or killing uninvolved people,” the statement added.

Two of the women were thrown from the suspects’ car during the chase, the police said, one with a minor gunshot wound.

Another “large exchange of gunfire” took place after the suspects’ car became disabled, police said.

“Ultimately, all three suspects were shot (two dead) and the third hostage was found in the vehicle deceased from gunfire,” police said in the statement, adding that a major investigation involving multiple agencies had been launched.

Bank robbery suspects and hostage die in wild shootout with California police. The Raw Story, 7/17/2014.

1 of 3 Victims and Suspect Dead at a Nursing Home

A minivan spotted leaving the scene [where Kathleen Arata was murdered] was located minutes later at the senior home, where police found the bodies of [Kathleen’s aunt, Chizuko] Kenishi and [suspect Colin] McGrattan inside a room. Scot Sinclair, the senior home’s executive director said Tuesday that another resident discovered the bodies after she saw Kenishi’s door ajar and told staff who then called 911.

“We are looking at the aspect of did (McGrattan) take his own life?” police spokesman Joe Silva said Monday.

Investigators later found Jackie Arata in the back of her ex-husband’s minivan.

Stockton Nursing Home Slaying: Woman And Two Nieces Victims Of Triple-Murder. HuffPo Crime, 10/23/12.

UPDATE, 10/25/12: The suspect was a marriage counselor.

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