A Hemet man was arrested today for allegedly trying to rob a bank in Palm Desert, but a second suspect armed with a handgun was at large, a sheriff’s sergeant said.
The attempted robbery was reported about 9:05 a.m. at a Bank of America branch at 34-420 Monterey Ave. Two men entered the bank, one brandishing a firearm, and passed a note to the teller demanding money, sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Brewster said.
The teller didn’t give the pair any money and they left, Brewster said.
Sheriff’s deputies found a man fitting the description of one of the suspects in the parking lot of a nearby business. The other suspect was seen getting into the passenger seat of a silver or gray Chrysler PT Cruiser, which left before deputies arrived, Brewster said.
Ross Elliott Davis, 34, of Hemet was booked into the county jail in Indio.
His alleged accomplice was described as a black man 20 to 30 years old and 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a knit cap, dark jacket and light-colored pants and carrying a silver or chrome handgun.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 760-836-1600 or Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867. Tips can be anonymous and could lead to a cash reward.