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Bank Robber at Large Failed Bank Robbery Attempt in Watsonville

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A man is at large after attempting to rob a bank in Watsonville this morning, police said. Officers responded around 10:55 a.m. to a call from a bank employee at the Wells Fargo bank at 1501 Freedom Blvd. who reported that a man had tried to rob the bank and then fled the scene, according to police. Police said witnesses reported that the suspect entered the bank and waited in line, covering his face with a rag.

The man then left the bank and returned later wearing different clothing and carrying a black bag but still covering his face. The suspect placed the bag on the counter and ordered a teller to give him all the money she had, police said. When the teller told the man she didn’t have any money, the suspect left the bank without saying anything. He was last seen walking south on Freedom Boulevard through the parking lot of a Foster’s Freeze restaurant. Police and sheriff’s deputies searched the area for the suspect but were unable to find him.

He is described as a Hispanic man in his 40s with black hair, a moustache and unshaven facial hair. He stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs roughly 170 pounds, according to police.

The man was wearing black pants with a gray hooded sweater with a blue, red and white circular emblem on the back, which witnesses described as possibly being a Santa Cruz logo, police said.

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