Police ID suspects in bank robbery gone awry

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The suspects involved in a bank robbery that resulted in one being killed and another arrested have been identified.

According to police paperwork, Vincent Jones, 21, was arrested and Lyndell Cherry, 29, was killed.

Police say that on Wednesday afternoon the duo held up the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union in a shopping plaza near Cactus Road and Tatum Boulevard.

Cherry allegedly jumped the counter and demanded cash, while Jones ordered customers and other employees down on the ground.

Jones appeared before a judge Thursday morning. He is facing a slew of charges including armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and first-degree murder for the death of his alleged accomplice.

Cherry was shot by a civilian while trying to flee after the bank robbery. Police said the citizen shot Cherry after Cherry pointed a handgun at him.

But one witness said, "They opened fire on him and he returned fire."

According to court paperwork, that civilian is an employee of a nearby business and was alerted to the robbery by a witness. The document goes on to say that the man removed the keys from the suspects' car, which was left running, while they were inside the bank in an effort to stall them until police could arrive.

Investigators say Cherry and Jones eventually carjacked a couple at gunpoint to try and get away. It was during that attempt that police say the civilian pulled out his gun.

"During his intervention, a struggle ensued, shots were fired, and one of the suspects was wounded," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Jon Howard.

Cherry was hit. He later died from his wounds.

Photos posted on Facebook show the civilian with his gun drawn. 3TV is not identifying him at this time because he is listed as a victim.

"In this case, I think he's as fortunate as all the other bystanders that he wasn't seriously injured," Howard said.

Jones fled in the couple's 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, striking parked cars, curbs and a wall. He was taken into custody after crashing the vehicle into another car near 44th Street and Thunderbird Road and leading an officer on a short foot pursuit, according to police.

The occupants of the other vehicle reported minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.

Jones told police he and Cherry had been planning this robbery for about a week, and they visited the bank earlier that day to conduct surveillance.

Jones added that it was Cherry who supplied the guns, sunglasses, gloves and hoodies for the holdup. Jones reportedly stole a license plate from another vehicle to use during the robbery.

He also said the two of them were involved in other bank robberies. Police say those charges are pending.

Jones is being held on a $750,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 27.


1 dead, 1 in custody after bank robbery in Phoenix