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Guard Shot in Armored Truck Holdup; Three Arrested

September 6, 1985

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ A Wells Fargo armored truck was robbed and one of its guards was shot and critically wounded Thursday, but three men were arrested several hours later and all the money was recovered, the FBI said.

The three men were stopped by Maryland state police as they were driving north on Interstate 95 near Perryville, Md., said John J. O’Connor, special agent in charge of the FBI’s northern Virginia office.

The amount of money taken in the robbery, which occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. outside a United Savings & Loan branch, was not disclosed.

Guard Charles Scruggs, 48, of Alexandria, was shot in the chest while he was outside the armored truck, O’Connor said. He was listed in critical but stable condition Thursday night at Arlington Hospital.

Another Wells Fargo guard, who had remained in the armored truck, was unharmed.

″I was unloading my truck when I saw some suspicious guys,″ said James McNeely, a cigarette distributor. ″The man from Wells Fargo ... had the door open, like he was ready to put the bag in there. Then I heard ‘Pow 3/8’ The guard said, ‘Hey 3/8’ after the ‘pow’ and I saw him look down and begin to fall. He shut the truck door a little bit ... The other guard in the truck was yelling to get an ambulance.″

Carlos Antonio Campos and Jose Santo Urrutia, both of Arlington, and Jesus Basilio Hernandez of Alexandria, were charged with with federal bank robbery and interstate transportation of stolen property, O’Connor said.

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