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Man Arrested in Oroville Attempted Bank Robbery

Oroville Police say they arrested a man who walked into an Oroville bank and said he had a bomb.

Posted: Nov 5, 2018 10:05 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2018 10:16 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Oroville Police say they arrested a man who walked into an Oroville bank and said he had a bomb.

Police said Monday at 2:13 p.m., silent alarms were triggered from inside the Bank of the West on Oro Dam Boulevard. A teller said a man walked in and said he was robbing the bank, and he was carrying a water bottle that he described as a bomb.

He demanded cash, which the teller handed to him. He then began to leave but was stopped at gunpoint by Oroville Police at the door. They said he had the cash he had stolen on him.

Officers said he appeared intoxicated.

Joshua Newens, 45, of Oroville was arrested and charged with Robbery. Police say he is well-known to officers. An hour earlier than the attempted robbery, police were called to a different Oroville bank, where they said they found Newens causing a disturbance.

Newens' bail has been set at $50,000.

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