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Salt Lake City cops credit bank tellers for robber's quick apprehension

Published July 26, 2012 1:06 pm

Crime • Man nabbed a short distance from crime scene.
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A 29-year-old man was being held without bail in Salt Lake County jail Thursday, the day after he allegedly held up a Salt Lake City bank.

Salt Lake City police detective Mike Hamideh credited well-trained employees at Wells Fargo Bank at 1955 W. North Temple for providing responding officers with highly detailed descriptive information on the robber.

"The witnesses gave us great identification details. They cooperated, kept everything calm [during the robbery] and we had such a good description that we were able to take him into custody a short time later, even though he had changed his clothes," Hamideh said.

The robber entered the bank about 11 a.m. Wednesday and handed a note to a teller claiming he had a hidden firearm and demanding cash. The teller complied and the man fled the bank on foot.

A short time later, officers located the man walking eastbound on North Temple, and he was arrested without further incident.

No weapon was found, Hamideh said.

The man was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree felony aggravated robbery.