Thursday, April 28, 2011

First Community Bank Robbers Revealed

In a press conference held by Community Police Department, Chief of Police Nora Young, the names of the three robbers were revealed.

The three robbers were Darrin Hume, age 44; Fred Lapidus, age 37; and Ben Winslet, age 34. Young said these three men had prior criminal records dealing with issues of violence.

These three men were sent to state prison in April of 2007, found guilty of robbing the The Community Diner at 32 North Main Street. All three men were sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.

It is not known why these men were released early from prison.

"All I can say is that we at the board of pardons and parole try our best to make the right decisions about who should be kept behind bars and who should be let go," said James LaDuke, chairman of the state Board of Pardons and Parole. "Our prisons are overcrowded, so sometimes we let prisoners go before they've reached their minimum sentence. We try our best to understand who is a good risk and who is a bad risk. But we don't have a crystal ball.

Young stated that the department does its best to bring in criminals alive to be tried for their crimes but said, " By the time we arrived on the scene these individuals had already killed two people. These were very bad men and if there is any consolation to what happened today it is that they can no longer hurt anyone."

As of 8 PM the civilians within the bank are still trapped in the vault but the hope of Young is that they will be out in a matter of time.

The police are investigating further into the robbery as to whether the three gunman were working alone and are pursuing all leads concerning the possibility of help by others to the robbers.

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