Two suspected bank robbers that led Los Angeles police in a high speed car chase Wednesday threw fistfuls of cash out of the window as they were being pursued. Footage from news helicopters showed the suspects driving a black Volvo SUV and throwing dollar bills out the window as neighborhood residents ran out to pick up the cash.
“It’s our neighborhood stimulus package!” resident Diane Dorsey told the Los Angeles Times as she watched the mayhem from her front yard at the corner of Kansas and Vernon avenues.
The Huffington Post also points out a nearby resident called the local NBC affiliate to express similar “stimulus” gratitude.
“I’m just so glad this person came to throw this money in the ‘hood, basically,” said the An unidentified 23-year-old resident who called in to KNBC”. “You usually see robbers and they take their stuff and they leave. But this guy came over and tried to help us out … So It’s more like all of us are supporting the robbers and the cops.”
– Sandra Molina (@MolinaSGVN) September 12, 2012
A Santa Fe Springs reporter also tweeted similar reports.
The South L.A. neighborhood, where the suspected bank robbers were finally apprehended, is one of the top three neighborhoods in LA County with the highest rates of foreclosures. According to the most recent records, 33% of the predominantly black and Latino residents in the 90037 neighborhood make less than $15,000 a year.
But according to the latest Census data released Wednesday there a lot more people who need a stimulus too. The poverty level is at the highest level it’s been in two decades with people of color, youth, and women are being hit hardest.