Man, 21, Arrested After Allegedly Attempting to Rob Laguna Niguel Bank: Authorities

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After attempting to rob a bank in Laguna Niguel on Thursday, a 21-year-old man was taken into custody while trying to blend in with customers exiting the branch, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

Nicholas Daniel Otte, 21, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)
Nicholas Daniel Otte, 21, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

Nicholas Daniel Otte, of Laguna Hills, allegedly entered a Bank of America at 30162 Crown Valley Parkway and demanded cash by passing a note to a teller, according to a news release from the department. No weapon was seen by bank employees or recovered from the scene.

The first responding deputies arrived 92 seconds after the robbery was reported, about 5:11 p.m., and set up a perimeter around the building, the statement said.

With a description of the suspect provided by branch employees, deputies identified Otte as he walked out of the bank and tried to leave the area on foot, sheriff’s officials said.

Bank of America confirmed to investigators that no cash was given to the suspect during the attempted holdup.

Otte was arrested on suspicion of robbery and booked into the Orange County Jail. He was being held on $250,000 bail and scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

An investigation was being conducted by the Orange County Bank Robbery Apprehension Team, comprised of sheriff’s detectives and FBI agents, which did not believe Otte was connected to any other robberies in the area.

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