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Cash-flying, dog-biting, van-jumping, police-chase suspect in court, accused of 5 bank heists

Not an actual police dog.
Not an actual police dog. Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Creative Commons

Jerry Lee Franklin, the parolee accused of robbing five banks Southern California banks last year, and recently leading police on a cash-flying, dog-biting, van-jumping, credit union-heisting police chase, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in West Covina Superior Court.

Los Angeles County prosecutors are charging 39-year-old Franklin with five counts of second degree robbery, and one count of evading police, following his April 23 arrest.

He faces more than 24 years in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors are seeking bail to be set at $1.2 million.

The alleged robberies occured:

  • U.S. Bank, Hacienda Heights - July 6, 2011 
  • Bank of the West, Rowland Heights - July 12, 2011
  • Bank of the West, Rowland Heights - January 11, 2012
  • Citibank, Rowland Heights - January 14, 2012
  • First Federal Credit Union, West Covina -  April 23, 2012

Citing a lack of evidence, prosecutors declined to file charges against his girlfriend, Yvonne Jeanette Farano of Whittier.


Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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