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    2 arrested in California armoured car robbery, guard shooting

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two men were arrested on Friday after they allegedly robbed an armoured car outside a Los Angeles County bank earlier this week and shot a guard several times in an ambush, authorities said.

    The alleged robbers stole about USD140,000 and the guard’s gun on Monday outside a Bank of America branch in the Harbor City area, south of downtown Los Angeles near Carson, according to the United States (US) Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

    The men face charges of Hobbs Act robbery and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The Hobbs Act prohibits robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce. The defendants face three decades in prison.

    The Loomis armoured car guard had been working on ATMs at the bank around 11.20am when the suspects, both armed and masked, ambushed him and opened fire, federal prosecutors said. He was struck several times in the leg before the thieves fled.

    The guard, who was armed but didn’t shoot during the holdup, was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a hospital, authorities said on Monday.

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