San Diego

Man in Custody After Attempting to Rob Downtown Bank

The alleged attempted robbery took place shortly before 3 p.m.

A man was in custody Saturday after allegedly attempting to rob a bank in downtown San Diego, police said.

The attempted robbery took place shortly before 3 p.m. when Matthew Wolfinbarger, 34, allegedly came into the Chase Bank in the 100 block of West Broadway with a demand note, San Diego Police Department (SDPD)Sgt. Robert Hawkins said.

"The suspect handed the teller a demand note stating he was robbing the bank," Hawkins said. "The teller was able to delay the suspect while the police were called."

Orlando Chavez, a bank customer, told NBC 7 Wolfinbarger walked up to the teller twice before leaving empty-handed.

Wolfinbarger was taken into custody as he walking about the bank without getting anything from the teller, Hawkins said.

A K-9 unit was called but it was unclear if the unit was used in apprehending the suspect, he said.

There was no weapons nor loss to the bank and no one was injured in the incident.

Wolfinbarger was charged with second-degree robbery and held on $50,000 bail, police said. 

He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

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