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Police Nab Would-Be Bank Robber in San Jose, Bomb Squad Responds

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Police arrested a would-be bank robber in West San Jose on Saturday morning and called the bomb squad to the scene to check on a suspicious device the robber left behind, according to the police department.

At about 9:35 a.m., officers responded to the Chase Bank branch in the 1700 block of Saratoga Avenue, near Westgate and El Paseo de Saratoga shopping centers, on reports of a robbery in progress, police said.

Witnesses reported on social media the robber was armed, but police did not immediately confirm it was an armed robbery attempt.

A suspect was taken into custody at the scene, and no injuries were reported, police said.

SJPD's bomb squad responded to the scene to investigate a suspicious device the suspect left in the bank, police said. The bank was evacuated safely, and the device was later rendered safe.

The bank is in one of the busiest areas of the city, with the two large shopping centers and several popular restaurants at the intersection of three main corridors: Saratoga Avenue, Lawrence Expressway and Prospect Road/Campbell Avenue.

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