COLTON – Redlands police arrested a man suspected of trying to rob a bank last October, according to a release on Monday. James Phillip Urbino, 59, was believed to have made an attempt to rob the Wells Fargo Bank at 27480 West Lugonia Ave.
Urbino, who was arrested on Saturday, June 11, pleaded not guilty on Monday to the October attempt. Police said that Urbino was recently identified as a suspect. Redlands police spokesman Carl Baker said Redlands police made the arrest as soon as he had been identified in the robbery attempt and located. Living with relatives in an apartment in the 600 block of South 8th Street in Colton, police also discovered Urbino was in possession of a syringe loaded with heroin. He was also charged with possession of narcotics.
In the October hold-up attempt, police responded to a silent alarm at the bank at about 1:15 p.m. Reports were that a man walked up to a teller window and handed a note demanding money. The teller stepped away from the window, refusing to hand over any money and Urbino fled on foot.
During the eight-month investigation, detectives discovered the suspect’s identity and traced him to his relatives’ home in Colton. Baker did not say how the suspect was identified.
Urbino was taken to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, charged with attempted robbery and use of a controlled substance. There was no mention of whether he used a weapon in the robbery attempt.
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch: Colton Man Arrested on Suspicion of October 2012 Bank Robbery Attempt in Redlands