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Robber hits Ripon Bank of the West

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Robber hits Ripon Bank of the West

A bank robbery suspect stands near a teller’s window at the Ripon Bank of the West.

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POSTED November 22, 2013 12:03 a.m.

The Bank of the West in Ripon’s downtown was robbed Thursday afternoon 20 minutes before closing time.

Ripon Police said a male Hispanic believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s reportedly walked into the facility at 411 West Main Street and passed a note to a teller demanding cash.

First Sergeant Steve Merchant described the man as wearing an obviously fake black beard, a black baseball cap with a red bill and a jacket that was black on top with red on the bottom and a light-colored band running through the middle.  He was also wearing blue jeans with black and white tennis shoes.

Sgt. Merchant said the man fled the bank in an unknown direction despite officers responding to the call within a matter of minutes.  No one was hurt during the crime, he added.

Ripon police have investigated four bank robberies during the past five years, eventually arresting all of the suspects who had struck the Bank of the West and Bank of Stockton across Main Street from each other.  Ripon benefits from its limited accesses to the Highway 99 Freeway at Main Street and at Jack Tone Road allowing officers to block the exits.

In early December 2009 Ripon officers responded to the Bank of Stockton where a Merced man had robbed the bank shortly after 10 a.m.  Responding Sgt. Tim Bailey was the first to arrive at the bank and located the fleeing robber who attempted to elude him on surface streets before getting onto the southbound lanes of Highway 99.

With Bailey closing in, the suspect attempted to take the Hammet Road off ramp at a high rate of speed, lost control half way up the ramp, and slid down the embankment upside down before sliding along the freeway lanes.

Sgt. Bailey pulled alongside the wreckage as the suspect was crawling out the window and ordered the man at gun point to stay on the ground. Other Ripon and CHP officers quickly responded to the scene.  Ripon is unique in that it allows its officers to take their cars home to be called out in any given emergency.

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