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Bank robbery suspects wore officer's body armor during hours-long standoff in Phoenix

PD: Men used officer's body armor in bank heist
Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 18:08:19-04

Two bank robbery suspects in body armor arrested after an hours-long standoff in Phoenix have been identified. 

According to Phoenix police officials at the scene on May 25, the robbery of a US Bank took place near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road around 2 p.m.

Court documents obtained by ABC15 show that 28-year-old Mario Antonio Ramirez and Antonio Santana Barrera, 30, were both armed with handguns and wearing masks and body armor when they robbed the bank. 

Police say both suspects held employees and customers at gunpoint during the robbery, including several children ages 3 to 11 years old. 

Shortly after, the suspects were located near 15th Avenue and Dobbins Road and an hours-long standoff ensued. 

Several tactical teams, FBI agents, and patrol officers converged to the area. 

"A lot of high powered rifles out there," said Robert, who lives in the neighborhood. 

"A lot of officers. Thought they were going to knock down my house with their SWAT trucks."

Robert lives right next door to the home where the suspects had fled. 

Neighbors were told to take cover inside their houses. "I just closed the door and stayed in there, I was pretty much trapped," said Robert. "Officers in the front and back."

The men were found in the basement of the home, and Tactical units deployed tear gas to get the men out. 

Both men were identified as the suspects in the bank robbery. Police say Barrera admitted to planning the robbery.

Barrera is being held on a $100,000 bond, and Ramirez is being held without bail since he was already out on release from another felony charge. 

One of the suspects admitted to obtaining both items of body armor from his father, who is a police officer. 

Both men have been indicted on multiple counts of armed robbery, kidnapping, and criminal trespassing.