San Diego Police officers escort the suspect from the bank. Image from cellphone video by Patrick Guirado

An attempted bank robbery in Ocean Beach bank prompted a brief police standoff that ended with the suspected perpetrator’s arrest Thursday.

The would-be robber entered the Chase Bank branch office in the 1800 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard about 11:50 a.m., approached a teller and demanded cash, according to San Diego Police. The employee led the man to a vault while a witness made an emergency call to report the in-progress crime.

Patrol personnel arrived to find the suspect still inside the bank along with several employees, Sgt. Matt Botkin said.

As officers took up positions around the building and blocked off nearby traffic lanes, the suspect walked outside and went back into the bank several times.

As police took up positions around the building and blocked off nearby traffic lanes, the suspect — later identified as 27-year-old Lawon Andre Washington — exited of the bank and then re-entered it several times, the officer said.

At about 12:10 p.m., the suspect walked out a side door of the building and surrendered without further incident.

Washington was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of robbery. He was being held on $100,000 bail pending arraignment.

— Story updated at 5:42 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

— City News Service

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