Lubbock Police Arrest Wrong Men for Armed Bank Robbery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/3/06

Lubbock Police Arrest Wrong Men for Armed Bank Robbery

Dale Imhoff and Jeremy Yost spent two nights in a Lubbock jail. During that time, police realized they couldn't place the two men at the scene of the crime. NewsChannel 11's Cecelia Coy explains how police cleared the men.

Lubbock police say the two men accused were able to provide information clearing their names and now two men who are victims of mistaken identity are trying to get on with their lives.

The same day two men robbed the Plains Bell Federal Credit Union, Lubbock police released surveillance photos. A tip came in which police believed it to be credible and six days after the robbery, police arrested Jeremy Yost and Dale Imhoff after an overnight stakeout. Imhoff says "I didn't know what was going on. They arrested the wrong men." Yost says, "I was sitting at a light. I was fixing to turn on 4th street and all I know this truck jumps in front of me slams on the brakes puts it in reverse and rams into my front and this truck hits me from behind. All these cops jump in from everywhere."

On Thursday night, police let the men go when they found out both men had an alibi. Yost was working at the car wash. He says, "They've got me on video at work and showing when I clocked in and everything. That's why I took the polygraph and everything." Imhoff was at home asleep.

Friday, Yost and Imhoff started putting their life back together. First, by getting back their cars. Imhoff says, "My whole car is messed up." Yost says, "They busted in my front window and rammed me in the front and the back. They messed up the front of my car."

They say all they need now is an apology from the Lubbock Police Department. Imhoff says, "I was sitting in there for another man's deal."

Lubbock police told the men the city of Lubbock would cover the cost to repair their vehicles and the cost of impound.

Meanwhile, Lubbock police still have two bank robbers on the loose. They are both described as white men. One is in his 20's, about 5'10" and weighs about 150 pounds. The other is younger, possibly in his teens, standing about 5'4" and weighs about 130 pounds. Both were wearing disguises. Call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000 if you have any information.

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