Two men were found guilty Friday of a June 2008 bank robbery and kidnapping in Paso Robles.
Tino Ortega Simmons, 34, and Thomas Cameron Kincade, 50, were found guilty of all charges against them, including kidnapping while committing a robbery and false imprisonment in a takeover-style heist caught on a surveillance camera on June 24, 2008, at Citibank at 16th and Spring streets.
Simmons of Bakersfield and Kincade of Fontana had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Kincade – acting as his own attorney – argued during the trial that he and Simmons have been friends for 17 years and ride motorcycles together. He said “nothing in the way of evidence” tied him to the robbery.
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Witnesses at the bank said two African-American men wearing motorcycle helmets that covered their faces came into Citibank and told them to get on the ground. Surveillance images displayed in court show one of the men had a gun in his hand.
Kincade and Simmons are both African-American.
P rosecutor Dave Pomeroy pointed to evidence of Kincade’s DNA and Simmons’ DNA on bandannas found at Simmons’ home in Bakersfield that he said appear to match bandannas used in the robbery. He pointed to clothing found in the home he says appears to be used in the robbery, and how Kincade was arrested after being found driving the van witnesses said was the getaway vehicle.
The $119,500 investigators said they found in Simmons’ home, the same amount taken in the heist, points to their guilt as well, Pomeroy said.
The trial began April 26 in Judge Barry LaBarbera’s courtroom.