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UPDATE: Suspect sought in attempted bank robbery

Posted: June 6, 2014 3:39 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2014 7:22 p.m.

A sheriff's deputy gathers evidence at the scene of a attempted robbery at Bank of the West on Magic Mountain Parkway on Friday.


Detectives are investigating a bank robbery attempt Friday at the Valencia Promenade Plaza at one of Santa Clarita Valley’s busiest intersections, according to bank and law enforcement sources.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of an attempted robbery at the Bank of the West branch on Magic Mountain Parkway at McBean Parkway, said Sgt. Dan Peacock.

No shots were reported fired and no one taken into custody, according to deputies.

“I had a customer run in here and say, ‘Did you see what happened next door? It looks like they had a bank robbery,’” said Diane Cortez who works at the Sprint Store next to the bank.

She said the customer ran in about 3 p.m.

The incident was officially reported at 3:05 p.m. and may have involved a female suspect, said Lt. Rob Hahnlein.

No suspect was detained at the scene, Hahnlein said at 3:30 p.m., but it was unclear if the robbery attempt was successful.

No paramedics were called to the incident, which drew swift response from more than half a dozen local sheriff’s deputies, said Inspector Al Jackson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Workers in the shopping center saw as many as eight black-and-white sheriff’s vehicles show up in the parking lot in front of the bank. One woman who works at Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill across from the bank said she saw no one taken into custody.

“When I was making my deposit, the woman at Chase (Bank) said someone tried to rob the Bank (of the West) branch,” she said.

Local deputies would not say if any money was taken in the robbery attempt, referring all official comment to detectives called in from the Major Crimes Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

For more than three hours, Major Crimes detectives interviewed bank employees inside the bank, which was locked and closed to business.

“It’s an open investigation,” said Victor Lizano, branch sales manager for the bank, as he unlocked the bank door to let a sheriff’s photographer leave at 6:20 p.m.

“The bank has no comment at this time,” he said.
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