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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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BigThan7777: Posted: June 6, 2014 3:49 p.m.

The economy of Barack Obama and the liberals is coming home to roost! This economy should of roared back to life a long time ago but regulations, tax increases, Obamacare, intimidation by the IRS, EPA destroying our economy and country. Jobs are hard to find and people are desperate. Time to elect a conservative government if people had any sense, but it seems like most liberals are in denial. Even when all this turmoil is going on around us it's somebody elses or the weather's fault. It could never be that their political views are not working. Robbery is wrong no matter what but the economy is making many show their true criminal nature when pressed to the edge.

boneshark: Posted: June 6, 2014 4:42 p.m.

Good grief....Another troll!!! Jacked up on a little too much Redbull and Cheetos and tired of your mom yelling at you to leave your bedroom? It's not easy being a troll.

KARENINVALENCIA: Posted: June 6, 2014 7:50 p.m.

bigthan7777: I completely agree with your comment.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 7, 2014 9:38 p.m.

How the *#%! Do you not know if a bank robbery was successful or not? What kind of horrible reporting is this? I'm sure the cops would tell you if it was a robbery or an ATTEMPTED robbery which would pretty much tell you whether or not it was successful. May have been a female suspect? Hell, maybe it was a freakin yeti, Sasquatch, Jersey Devil, or the Lochness monster!

Why would you even mention that paramedics were NOT called?

This is one of the worst reported stories ever!

bobforte: Posted: June 7, 2014 9:47 p.m.

That is pretty funny that he mentioned no paramedics were called. Article doesnt even mention anyone was hurt. But remember chef, we are talking JH here.

Vtown123: Posted: June 7, 2014 10:44 p.m.

I wonder what the temperature was outside at the time of the attempted robbery. Surprised JH didn't include that ;)

bobforte: Posted: June 7, 2014 8:12 a.m.

I wonder what Diane at the Sprint store was wearing. Oh yeah, she didn't get arrested and appear in court. That's only for court appearances.

BBennetts: Posted: June 7, 2014 8:22 a.m.

I am sitting here wondering about all the other stories Jim has reported on too. Were the paramedics called then? Also, what type of shoes was the woman in Chase Bank wearing?

Before87: Posted: June 7, 2014 8:22 a.m.

I was on my scanner and they got 15K

DMeyer: Posted: June 7, 2014 10:03 a.m.

If they got 15k then it was not an attempt. The story needs more clarification. And how about a picture? Every bank has cameras now.

randygriffin: Posted: June 7, 2014 11:48 a.m.

I was monitoring my scanner as well when the call went down about a 211 at the bank and they(SCV Sheriff's) did not say how much $ were taken as far as I heard it was an unknown amount of money, and as for the reporter saying an attempted robbery he needs to listen to his scanner a litter better in order to get his facts right.

SReilly12: Posted: June 7, 2014 12:56 p.m.

Next update - full descriptions of all the victims!!!

Ryan289: Posted: June 7, 2014 2:28 p.m.

I was listening to Sheriffs freq. They put out a broadcast shortly after. 15k was taken, Suspect is a Female, in her 20's. Wearing a Purple sweatshirt, black pants, red wig and dark glasses. Suspect used a note that was passed over to the teller implying she had a gun. This is all public information based off of the official SCV Sheriff's radio channel. Instead of protecting the image of SCV the residents need to be given correct (non covered up) information.

tpaul: Posted: June 9, 2014 11:16 a.m.

Female bank robbers are H O T

bobforte: Posted: June 9, 2014 1:16 p.m.

Final amount taken was $21200, so definitely not an attempt.

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