MARTINEZ -- One man has been sent to state prison -- and another is headed there for life -- in connection with a 2008 Contra Costa County crime spree that started with a Richmond carjacking and ended two days later after two armed bank robberies and a shootout with Antioch and Pittsburg police officers.
After a five-month trial that ended May 1, Rodeo resident Edjuan Chardon Scott, 29, was convicted of 23 felonies. Rodeo resident Renwicke Uranus Lampkin, 24, was convicted of 11 felonies related to one bank robbery, a police chase and shootout, but he was found not guilty of all charges relating to the first two days of the three-day crime spree. Their alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Richmond resident Dominique Michael Cole, is awaiting a separate trial.
Lampkin was sentenced May 18 to more than 21 years in prison.
Scott was found sane at an insanity trial May 22 and is scheduled to be sentenced to life in prison June 8.
The spree started Aug. 7, 2008, when Cole carjacked a woman in a Toyota Highlander at gunpoint at a Richmond gas station, deputy district attorney Chris Walpole said.
The prosecutor argued that all three men used the Highlander to go to a California Check Cashing store in San Pablo and wait for the female teller, in her early 40s, to lock up the business for the night.
The teller was on the phone with her mother and driving home when she was cut off and forced into her back seat at gunpoint, Walpole said. She was taken to an abandoned drug house in Richmond, robbed of the keys to the check-cashing store and guarded by Cole for two hours before being allowed to leave, according to the prosecutor.
Walpole argued that Lampkin and Scott were driving the woman's car back to the store when they were spotted by the woman's adult son. The son had been alerted to the kidnapping by his grandmother, who had heard what happened before the phone call was disconnected.
The son chased his mother's vehicle until it stopped and two or three men ran out, Walpole said.
The jury convicted Scott of the Aug. 7, 2008 kidnapping and carjackings, but it acquitted Lampkin of all related charges. Walpole said the victim was unable to identify Lampkin as a culprit in a photo lineup.
Scott was convicted and Lampkin was acquitted of charges in the Aug. 8, 2008, armed robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank on Fitzgerald Drive in Pinole.
Walpole argued that Lampkin stayed in the Highlander while Scott and Cole robbed the bank of about $30,000.
Scott, wearing a black-and-gold mask, is seen on the bank's surveillance video threatening tellers and customers with an assault rifle.
The jury returned guilty verdicts against both Scott and Lampkin for the third day of the crime spree on Aug. 9, 2008, which began with an armed robbery of a Wells Fargo at 1715 A St. in Antioch.
Walpole said the bank was filled with customers, and a few children, when all three men entered and robbed the bank of $30,000. Scott wore the same mask and used the same assault rifle as in the Pinole heist.
A couple stopped at the intersection saw the trio run from the bank and trailed the robbers' Highlander before police took over the chase.
Scott leaned out of the Highlander and fired 10 shots, five of which struck an Antioch patrol car. The officers, unharmed by the gunfire, continued following the robbers until they jumped out at a Pittsburg auto body yard after the Highlander's tires were popped by a spike strip that police placed on the Antioch-Pittsburg Highway.
Scott fired shots at Antioch and Pittsburg officers as he ran to hide, Walpole said, and officers returning fire shot Lampkin in the arm and Cole in the leg before all three men were apprehended.
"I was really impressed with the police officers for their bravery in chasing these guys down, to their investigation," Walpole said. "They were truly heroes in this case."
Scott's attorney Cecily Gray said Scott suffers from mental illness, but the jury found that his illness didn't rise to the legal level of insanity. Lampkin's attorney couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.
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