BANNING (CBS) — Police arrested a Bell man Wednesday for allegedly trying to rob a Chase bank in Banning and threatening to blow up the bank if tellers didn’t comply.

Brian Clough, 52, allegedly demanded cash from tellers at the Chase bank branch at 1118 W. Ramsey St., saying he would detonate explosives if the employees didn’t give him the money, said Banning Police Department spokeswoman Ginger Perry.

When officers arrived around 3 p.m., Clough bolted but was quickly tracked down. Police said he was taken into custody without incident.

Clough was not in possession of any explosives when taken into custody, and police searched the area around the bank and found nothing amiss, Perry said. Detectives determined he had been acting alone.

Clough was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of robbery and making terrorist threats, Perry said.

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Comments (4)
  1. Richard in Castaic says:

    Who hasn’t threatened to blow up a bank? Especially after what the banks did to our economy. Why is this even a crime?

    1. Moonman says:

      Maybe because innocent people could parish… wow I cant believe you would even ask that question. Richard take a good look at yourself… you are whats wrong with america…

      1. SendMoonmanHome says:

        I’m pretty sure your grasp of the english language and innability to process humor are really what’s wrong with America.

      2. Richard in Castaic says:


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