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.