3 Arrested in Attempted Solana Beach Bank Robbery

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A woman suspected of trying to rob a Solana Beach Wells Fargo bank branch Thursday was arrested along with two men in a car in which she attempted to flee.

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The woman entered the bank at 245 Santa Helena about 1:45 p.m. and handed a note to a teller demanding cash, said San Diego sheriff‘s Sgt. Colin Ingraham.

She did not display a weapon and left the bank after becoming frustrated with tellers who “managed to stall rather than turn over bank funds as demanded in the note,” Ingraham said.

A caller directed officers to the location of the suspect, who had walked to a parking lot in the 900 block of Lomas Santa Fe, Ingraham said.

The woman got into a black Chevrolet Impala with two men inside. Deputies stopped the vehicle and took the woman, identified as Cheri Marinelli, 28, and a passenger in the Impala, 24-year-old Jonathan Broughton, into custody.

The driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Brandon Johnson, tried to run from the scene but was collared by a responding deputy and an off-duty deputy who happened to be in the area and saw the foot pursuit, Ingraham said.

Marinelli, who was wearing a wig as a disguise, and the two men were all booked on suspicion of attempted bank robbery, Ingraham said.

–City News Service

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