Bank Robbers Charged

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Two Los Angeles gang members are charged in two separate Bowling Green bank robberies.

A Federal Grand Jury in Bowling Green returned an indictment charging 29-year-old Claudell Antoine Hatter and 29-year-old Jamal Saleem Smith with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of carrying a firearm during the crime.

The indictment says that on Nov. 24, 2003 and again on May 26, 2004, Hatter and Smith robbed the BB&T Bank on the 31-W Bypass.

Authorities say both men were armed with handguns during the two robberies.

Hatter and Smith are believed to be members of the West Covina Crips in Los Angeles, California, and are also believed to be responsible along with other members of their gang for a series of bank robberies in Nashville.

If convicted the maximum penalties for Hatter and Smith are life in prison a one-million dollar fine and supervised release for five years.