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Attorney unsuccessful in getting attempted bank robbery charges in Chase case dropped

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POSTED April 24, 2009 3:17 a.m.
Two Manteca men charged with attempted robbery of the Chase Bank in Manteca went before San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Phillip Urie Thursday in the Manteca court.

Gabriel Salazar, 24, and Joseph Miranda, 21, both of Manteca were arrested in the 200 block, of North Maple Avenue Wednesday, April 8,  as they allegedly prepared to advance on the bank located at the corner of Maple and Center streets.  Arrested with them was a 17-year-old Manteca boy who was alleged as the getaway driver.

Attorneys John Castenave of Stockton and M. Bird both requested the attempted robbery charges be dropped, arguing the men hadn’t gotten out of their car and gone into the bank.  Judge Urie refused their request.  The attorneys said there had been no victim to a crime.

Salazar reportedly faces two additional counts for allegedly using a minor to commit a felony and being a felon in possession of a fire arm – and in the commission of a felony.
The teenager had reported
ly had a beer party at his home in central Manteca the night before when the trio hatched the bank robbery plan because they were all broke.  The teenager is currently going through the Juvenile Court system.

A preliminary hearing has been set in the Stockton branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court, Department 35, on May 7.

Both men remain in the San Joaquin County Jail.  Salazar’s confinement  is in lieu of $260,000 bail and Miranda, $100,000.
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