Prior to the original robbery, John Holmes was alleged to have drawn a floorplan to Nash’s home. Although he would not be participating in the robbery, he was still an associate who owed the Wonderland Gang money. His role, as their intermediary, would be to ‘ distract’ Nash while the robbery was taking place. Given $ 400 and told to show Nash a good time, Holmes used the cash as personal drug money. Panicked and knowing that he had a task to fulfil, he repeatedly visited Nash’s home, his agitation increasing each time. Holmes claimed his behaviour went unnoticed by
Nash, who was becoming increasingly paranoid following a major drinking spree and was not absorbing any of their conversation. Many hours and three visits later, he emerged from Nash’s home having unlocked a sliding door. It was an action that would have major consequences.