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Would-be bank robber incompetent
November 07, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Aaron Justin

A would-be bank robber who allegedly told a teller he had a bomb before helping himself to a cup of coffee and walking out of the building is incompetent to stand trial for second-degree burglary, according to a pair of court-appointed doctors.

Aaron Brandon Justin, 35, previously pleaded not guilty to that charge along with attempted robbery and making a false explosives claim but the doctors’ conclusions mean he will be sent to a state mental facility for treatment rather than stand trial.

Competency is a defendant’s ability to aid in his or her own defense as opposed to sanity which is a person’s mental state at the time of an alleged crime.

Justin is accused of entering a Chase Bank in San Mateo on Sept. 4 and handing a teller a note that read “I have a bomb, give me the money.”

After the teller panicked and froze, she regained herself and pushed the alarm button but by that time Justin had already poured himself some coffee and left the bank. He was apprehended nearby and identified by witnesses, according to prosecutors.

Justin, who remains in custody on $50,000 bail, returns to court Dec. 17 for formal placement at the hospital.



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