'Memphis Boys' face local judge in bank robbery cases
Authorities are still trying to learn more about the five related men arrested Thursday for a series of bank robberies.
Darius Marion, Deshuna Marion, Leviticus Marion, Terrell Marion and Davarius Greer are facing charges of robbery and conspiracy. Police said the men are in their 20s and are brothers and cousins.
Police believe the suspects are from Memphis and are associated with a criminal group known as the Memphis Boys. The group has relatives in the Colorado Springs area and had committed only minor crimes until the bank robberies, police said.
"There seems to be a constant influx of these people," said Sgt. Dale Fox, a police robbery detective. "They're coming and going from (Memphis). They may be coming and going to lots of places but this is the only place we're really sure of."
Fox said Terrell Marion apparently was the ringleader of the quintet and allowed his comrades to commit the robberies at four banks in town. Court records indicate Terrell Marion was on probation for a 2006 bank robbery in the Memphis area.
Deshuna Marion would arrive at the banks an hour before the robberies and "case the joints," said Fox.
"The suspects would run in, jump the counter and were extremely aggressive even though weapons weren't shown," said Fox. "They sometimes had screwdrivers. I have my own theories as to why they wouldn't carry a gun, but I don't know that for sure."
Fox said two suspects usually covered their faces and entered the bank while two others waited outside. On at least one occasion, he said, they fled in a stolen vehicle that they later abandoned.
Fox said police caught the suspects after the latest robbery on Thursday, as they drove onto the parking lot of the Pine Creek Village apartments near Academy Boulevard and Airport Road. Police received a tip that the suspects might go there after the holdup.
The suspects were caught by surprise, Fox said. The only trouble came when one of them tried to run away but was quickly apprehended.
According to court records, the five suspects have combined for 10 prior charges in El Paso County dating to 2000 -- including menacing, theft, illegal drug involvement and traffic violations.
A judge set bond on each suspect at $200,000 and set the next court date for Jan. 30.
The bank robberies occurred Dec. 11, Jan. 6, Jan. 13 and Jan. 23.
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