A parolee pleaded not guilty Thursday to trying to hold up a bank in Glendale while claiming that he had a bomb.
Pablo Miguel Lopez, 28, of Sylmar, is facing three felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery and one felony count of malicious informing of a false bomb. Bail was set at $235,000 and Lopez was ordered to return to court on Aug. 27, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing.
If convicted as charged, Lopez faces a potential sentence of more than 17 years in prison.
The criminal complaint includes allegations that he was convicted in 2016 of second-degree robbery.
Lopez allegedly walked into a Bank of America branch at 3812 San Fernando Road about 3:55 p.m. on Aug. 6 while carrying a bag and then gave a teller a note demanding money. The note said he had a gun and a bomb, according to Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
“The Glendale Police Department was notified and quickly surrounded the bank,” Lightfoot said. “Lopez exited the bank without the bag or money and he was taken into custody without incident.”
Sheriff’s bomb squad personnel responded and examined the bag, which did not contain a bomb or gun, she said.
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