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Charges Mount Against Stockton Robbery Suspect Jaime Ramos


(AP) --  Prosecutors say they're charging a Stockton man with triple-murder in the deaths of a woman taken hostage during a bank robbery and police shootout that killed two other robbery suspects.

Ron Freitas of the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office said the charges being filed Monday make 19-year-old Jaime Ramos eligible for a death sentence.

Freitas says the charged may include 22 counts of attempted murder of police officers stemming from last week's running gun battle.

Police say that on Wednesday three armed men entered the bank branch and took three women hostage. Two women survived with injuries, but a 41-year-old mother of two, Misty Holt-Singh, was used as a human shield and died.

Ramos is the sole surviving suspect. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

Meanwhile, police say they've confirmed that one of the robbery suspects who died last week was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

Officer Joe Silva said Sunday that investigators are confident that 27-year-old Alex Gregory Martinez, who died Wednesday in a shootout that also killed a hostage, had been among those who robbed the Bank of the West on Jan. 31.

Silva says detectives linked Martinez to the two robberies by reviewing surveillance video, interviewing witnesses of the robberies and the similar circumstances.

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