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Jeanette Federico

Real Name: Jeanette Theresa Federico
Nicknames: Jean Malta, Jeanette Phillips
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: February 28, 1997


Occupation: Unrevealed
Date of Birth: August 7, 1968
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 130 pounds
Marital Status: Widowed
Characteristics: Caucasian female with brown hair and brown eyes. She may have dyed her hair blonde.

Larry Phillips


Details: Jeanette Federico is the wife of serial bank robber Larry Phillips Jr.. He and Emil Matasareanu robbed two banks in Van Nuys and Winnetka, California in May 1996. During the robberies, they wielded machine guns and exhibited military tactics. They were also believed to have robbed an armored car in June 1995; during that robbery, a guard was killed. They would become famous when they robbed a Bank of America in Van Nuys on February 28, 1997.
Larry and Emil were intercepted as they left the bank. The entire country witnessed the raging gun battle that lasted half an hour, and left ten police officers and six civilians wounded. By the end, Larry and Emil were both dead; Emil was shot and killed by police while Larry committed suicide. Jeanette was reported as being in Los Angeles that day, but she could not be found when the police went looking for her. They believe that she can clear up several important facts in this case, including: the number of robberies Larry and Emil committed; the location of the missing money; and the possibility of accomplices being involved. Currently, she is only wanted for questioning.
Suspects: Foul play is not suspected in her disappearance.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the April 11, 1997 episode.
Results: Solved. Jeanette turned herself in to authorities in Colorado as a result of the broadcast. She was charged with custodial interference as a result of an incident that had occurred in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shortly after she turned herself in, she led authorities to a home that she and Larry shared in Anaheim Hills. Inside, they located the missing money that Larry and Emil had stolen in previous robberies. A cache of weapons was also discovered. She was released shortly afterward.