Man arrested after bizarre bank takeover

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SOLANA BEACH, Calif. — A man was arrested Thursday after entering a North County bank, telling everyone inside to get on the floor, announcing that he was robbing the premises and directing workers to make a 911 call to report the crime-in-process.

The odd robbery scare at the Wells Fargo branch office in the 200 block of Santa Helena in Solana Beach began just after 9 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.

Wearing a black hooded jacket with the cowl pulled up over his head, 35-year-old Clint Anthony Gray walked into the bank in the 200 block of Santa Helena minutes after it opened, shouted out his demands and then sat down to await the arrival of law enforcement, Sgt. Brett Garrett alleged.

The suspect issued no threats of violence and displayed no weapons during the takeover, Lt. Karla Menzies said.

Deputies arrived to find Gray inside with his hands in the air. He surrendered without incident.

“The bank did not incur any loss,” Garrett said.

Gray was booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of robbery. He was being held on $100,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.

The motivation for the suspect’s alleged actions was unclear, Menzies said.

“(Deputies) think that there were some mental-health issues (involved),” Menzies said.

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