Would-Be Robber Strikes Murrieta Bank of America

The attempted robbery came across the scanner just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE 9:42 a.m. Oct. 25:

Yucaipa sheriff's detectives believe the same suspect was responsible for the robbery of a Citibank branch in Yucaipa at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, just two hours after the failed Murrieta attempt. Read more here.


Murrieta police were actively searching for a suspect who allegedly used a note to try and rob a Bank of America Wednesday in Murrieta.

The attempted robbery was reported at 12:56 p.m. at 27690 Clinton Keith Road, in the Orchard Shopping Center.

The suspect allegedly handed a Bank of America teller a demand note indicating he had a gun, police said.

The suspect was considered armed and dangerous, according to Murrieta police Lt. Rob Firmes.

"He threatened he had a gun but no gun was seen," Firmes told Patch. "At this point we would still treat him as armed and dangerous by the nature of the crime."

The unsuccessful robber was last seen walking toward a nearby Walgreens store.

Nearby Vista Murrieta High School and Antelope Hills Elementary were placed on lockdown for about 20 minutes, a district official confirmed.

"It was as a precautionary measure," said Karen Parris, spokesperson for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.

Messages were being sent to parents regarding the lockdowns, she said, and the announcements can also be seen on the schools' websites.

Police were not immediately provided a vehicle description, nor did they yet know if the suspect left in one, Firmes said.

The man was described as a 5-foot-5-inch Latino in his early 20s with a thin build and buzz cut black hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved dark gray sweatshirt or sweater, a dark-colored Angels baseball cap with a red bill, and blue jeans.

The branch was closed to customers, according to a sign posted on the front door.

Several Murrieta police units responded, and a Murrieta K-9 unit was put into action for tracking purposes.

"Officers arrived on scene within minutes and checked the area for the outstanding suspect," said Murrieta police Sgt. Dave Baca. "A search of the area did not locate the suspect."

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect was asked to call Murrieta police Detective Sgt. Phil Gomez at 951-461-6356.

Bronco October 24, 2012 at 08:31 PM
VMHS is no longer on lockdown.
Scott Tucker October 24, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Gee, a location would be nice!!!
Mr. Logical October 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Facts, I want facts....I like it when the evil plans are foiled. Maybe he didn't spell correctly on the note? Maybe he used cursive and it was impossible to read? Maybe the Tellar read the note and crumpled it up and laughed?
Mr. Logical October 24, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Maybe on break from Walgreen.
kristin c October 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM
What they need to do is stick his face on the news, someone is bound to recognize him...
Ryan October 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Maybe he figured out the bullet proof glass surrounding the tellers rendered his firearm superpowers useless.
SA October 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Although I am a total Angels fan, if some punk wearing a fresh Angels ball cap attempted to rob be I would be laughing at him… Must have handed the teller the wrong note!
SA October 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM
.... rob me not be... doops
Scott Tucker October 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Maybe it was his pizza order??
Mr. Logical October 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Maybe he handed them his "To Do List; 1. wake up 2. put on my lucky Angels hat 3. trim awesome beard 4. rob bank 5. walk to Walgreens for snacks
censored messenger October 25, 2012 at 12:48 AM
They got that strong-arm robber at Target and Murrieta Police will get this sociopath too..... Tent prisons in the desert, Maricopa County style!
Jay of Murrieta October 25, 2012 at 03:28 AM
You know they won't do that here in California.
BRYAN October 25, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Is it just me Patch or does this video look like the same "Spock eared" bandit from the iPad/Target robbery? Same parking lot!! PATCH...please post side by side video shots.
Danielle October 25, 2012 at 04:49 AM
They didn't get the criminal from Target. So continue your search buddy.
LogicalSide October 25, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Um....yes they did. At least an arrest was made.
LogicalSide October 25, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Murrieta PD made an arrest on the Target heist. Wether or not they have the right guy is still out for debate on this site.
Brenda October 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Should be tent prisons with chain gangs working on our roads like in the old days. But no we have to provide them better then alot of hotels. They should catch this guy that is a pretty detailed picture of him. I mean I would know it was him if I knew him :)


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