2 Indicted in Stockton Bank Robbery That Left Hostage Dead

Two men were indicted Monday in a violent bank robbery and shootout with police this summer that ended in the deaths of a woman taken hostage and two suspects.

The indictment unsealed in the San Joaquin County Superior Court charges Jaime Ramos, 20, the lone survivor of three suspected robbers. A grand jury also indicted Pablo Ruvalcaba, 21, who had been questioned as a person of interest early in the investigation and then released. He is suspected of driving the men to the bank.

Police say three armed men entered a Bank of the West branch in Stockton on July 16 and took three women, two bank employees and a customer hostage. The pursuit and shootout followed when the robbers fled with the hostages in an SUV owned by one of the employees.

Police said Ramos used Misty Holt-Singh as a human shield. Police have said that Holt-Singh, 41, was killed by police gunfire. The other two women survived after being thrown from the moving vehicle or jumping out.

Before the indictment, San Joaquin County prosecutors already had charged Ramos with three counts of murder and 22 counts of attempted murder of police. Online records show that Stockton police booked Ruvalcaba into the San Joaquin County Jail on Saturday.

Details of the charges in the indictment weren't immediately available.

Ramos' attorney was not immediately available for comment. Ruvalcaba made his first court appearance Monday afternoon and did not have a lawyer yet.

Authorities identified the two suspected robbers who died as Alex Gregory Martinez, 27, and Gilbert Renteria Jr.

Holt-Singh left behind a husband and two teenage children.

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