Madison County Attorney Joe Smith says he is filing five counts of
first-degree murder against each of the three men arrested in connection with a Thursday bank robbery in Norfolk. Five people were shot to death.
The men were stopped about three hours after the shootings in a stolen pickup in O'Neill, a ranch town 76 miles away. The Subaru
Outback car that police said the gunmen used to flee Norfolk was found abandoned in the same county. Authorities used the Subaru's satellite
navigation system to find the vehicle.
Three holdup men shot and killed four bank employees and a customer in the U.S. Bank branch and then fled on foot before stealing the Subraru from a nearby house.
It was the nation's deadliest bank robbery in at least a decade.
The victims killed in the holdup are identified as 37-year-old Evonne Tuttle, a bank customer from Stanton, Nebraska and bank employees Lola Elwood,43, from Norfolk, Jo Mausbach,42, from Humphrey, Lisa Bryant,29, from Norfolk, and Samuel Sun,50, from Norfolk.
The three men taken into custody are identified as 23-year-old Jose Sandoval of Norfolk, and 21-year-olds Jorge A. Galindo and Erick Fernando Vela, both of Madison.
One of the suspects, being escorted by law enforcement officers, told Channel 6 News photographer Kevin Ridley, "I didn't kill nobody."
In addition to the five people who died, another customer was wounded in the shoulder. Two other employees were left unharmed in the small, one-story stucco building that sits in the middle of a parking lot in front of a strip mall.
Authorities would not say whether the gunmen got away with any money.
Governor Mike Johanns had authorized the use of a Black Hawk military helicopter for the manhunt, declaring it a state of emergency.
The holdup took place around 9 a.m.
Norfolk florist Dale Tomka said that he saw the gunmen shortly before the shootings and that they were wearing stocking caps, possibly ski masks, and one of them had black stripes painted on his cheeks. The gunmen were also described as wearing dark, baggy clothes.
Mizner said it was unclear exactly what went on inside in the bank, and "we're hoping security tapes will help explain that." But investigators did not immediately have the special equipment needed to view the tapes.
The suspects are scheduled for bond hearings on Friday and the county attorney says he'll ask that bond be denied.