Man who attempted to rob bank sought by police

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Surveillance photos of the attempted bank robbery suspect from the California Bank and Trust on April 3, 2014. (FBI)

Surveillance photos of the attempted bank robbery suspect from the California Bank and Trust on April 3, 2014. (FBI)

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. — The FBI and the sheriff’s department sought the public’s help Monday to identify a suspect in a failed bank robbery last week in Valley Center.

The suspect entered the California Bank & Trust at 29124 Valley Center Road around 5:15 p.m. Friday with his hand in a pocket as if he had a gun, FBI spokeswoman Emily Yeh said.

He ordered everyone to the ground and threw a backpack onto the counter. He told a teller to put money on the counter, but the employee stayed on the ground, according to Yeh.

The would-be robber fled empty-handed in a newer, black vehicle without license plates. He was last seen headed toward Escondido, Yeh said.

No one was injured, she said.

Witnesses said the suspect has a fair complexion and large nose, with a medium build. He’s about 5-feet, 7-inches and was wearing a flower-covered motorcycle helmet, a dark scarf over his face and black clothing.

Anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts was asked to call the FBI at 858-320-1800, or Crime Stoppers at 888- 580-8477.

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