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Suspect in attempted bank robbery in Ocean Beach surrenders after brief standoff

A man tried to rob the Chase Bank on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in Ocean Beach on Sept. 3, police said.
A man tried to rob the Chase Bank on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in Ocean Beach on Sept. 3, police said.
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The attempted heist happened at a Chase bank on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard just before noon

A man who police suspect tried to rob a bank in Ocean Beach walked out and surrendered following a brief standoff Sept. 3.

A man walked into the Chase Bank on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Newport Avenue at about 11:50 a.m. and demanded cash and access to a vault, San Diego police said. A witness made an emergency call to report the crime.

Officers surrounded the bank while the man was inside. Police said a bank manager “secured” employees and did not comply with the man’s demands.

The man apparently noticed the heavy police presence outside and walked out the front doors, but then went back inside.
At about 12:10 p.m., he walked out an emergency exit door and officers took him into custody without a struggle.

Police had called a SWAT team because people were inside the bank, but the team was called off when the suspect, who did not appear to be armed, surrendered.

No injuries were reported.

— City News Service contributed to this report.


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