Two Youths Surrender in Fatal Bank Robbery


Two 17-year-old boys sought in connection with the botched robbery of a Pomona bank in which a teller was killed and a guard was wounded surrendered Thursday night at the Lennox sheriff’s station.

“They came in together,” said sheriff’s Lt. David Haliscky.

Haliscky said Bobby Cortez White and Jamon Donte Carr, both of Los Angeles, surrendered after Pomona police took the unusual step of releasing the names of the boys. The names of juveniles are normally not disclosed.

A third suspect--another 17-year-old Los Angeles resident whose name has not been released--was charged Thursday with murder. The suspect, who turned himself in Tuesday, also faces one count each of attempted murder and attempted robbery.


Investigators said White was believed to be the one who killed bank teller Teresa Hernandez during the Aug. 22 robbery attempt at Chino Valley Bank on north Garey Avenue.

Pomona Police Sgt. Frank Holder said the three youths entered the bank with bandannas over their faces. He said White shot Hernandez when she became nervous after being ordered to hand over money. The suspects fled without any money to a car driven by Quenton Smith, 23, of Fontana, according to investigators.

After developing several leads, Pomona homicide detectives went to a Fontana motel room Aug. 31 and found Smith dead from a gunshot wound to the head, investigators said. They said Smith’s death was being investigated as a possible suicide.