Updated July 13, 11 p.m.
Two men suspected in a violent crime spree, which started with the bold daytime shooting of a Loomis armored truck guard in Windsor on Tuesday, are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
Ivan Morales, 23, of Lakeport and Serge Gutsu, 24, of Antelope, near Sacramento, are facing attempted murder, robbery and conspiracy charges stemming from the Tuesday robbery outside the Chase bank branch at the Safeway Lakewood shopping center in east Windsor. Napa County authorities may also charge the men in the attempted murder of a Calistoga police officer they shot at after he cut them off in their attempt to flee.
The wounded Loomis guard, a 55-year-old man who hasn’t been identified, remained hospitalized Wednesday at an undisclosed hospital, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Lt. Carlos Basurto said. The guard had a handgun but did not return fire as he was shot at least three times by a masked man with a high-powered assault rifle as he was carrying bags of cash out of the bank, the lieutenant said.
“He’s alive, but he’s in critical condition,” Basurto said late Wednesday.
The stolen cash was found in the back of a blue Chevrolet Suburban, a second getaway vehicle used during the heist and stopped in Calistoga by police there within 40 minutes of the robbery in Windsor. Basurto said they hadn’t yet counted the cash.
Napa County sheriff’s Capt. Keith Behlmer said they found several guns during searches conducted that night of the suspects’ homes, in Lake County and in the Sacramento area.
Authorities released no information about Morales and Gutsu, including prior criminal convictions.
New details released Wednesday about the robbery further illustrate the ruthless actions of the alleged gunmen and the key clues from witnesses that led police to find the fleeing suspects, police said.
“It was absolutely brazen,” Basurto said. “These are just brazen criminals.”
The scheme that wounded the Loomis employee apparently began with a carjacking in the Sacramento area, in which a Suzuki Vitara Grand was taken.
Local news reports from Antelope — where Gutsu lives, according to the Sheriff’s Office — told the story of a young man held at gunpoint while playing “Pokemon Go” in a local park late Sunday night.
The armed man reportedly took his phone, cash and the keys to his Suzuki Vitara Grand. Basurto confirmed it was the same car that pulled up behind the Loomis truck Tuesday outside the Windsor Chase Bank branch carrying two masked men.
The first report of robbery came from a 1:50 p.m. 911 caller. Seconds later, another caller said someone had been shot, sheriff’s officials said.
One man fired an assault rifle and then took bags of cash from the wounded guard.
Windsor police Sgt. Andy Cash said a teenage boy and several others rushed to help the guard, and stuck around despite possible ongoing danger.
Cash and Deputy Donald Fletcher took over the medical aid, and enlisting the teen’s help, they applied a tourniquet and put pressure on the wounds, Cash said.
Without the help of the bystanders and deputies, “it could have been life threatening” for the guard, Cash said.
Cash said the shopping center was teeming with adults and children, a frightening scenario for such a crime and gunfire.