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APD Arrests Man for Attempted Bank Robbery

APD Arrests Man for Attempted Bank Robbery

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE – APD officers were dispatched today to the Wells Fargo bank located at 3401 Coors Blvd NW in reference to an Armed Robbery call.

According to the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) at approximately 2:11 p.m., an unknown male subject entered the bank and handed a note demanding money. The male, who was later identified as Angel Lara Jr. (DOB 1988), entered the business passing a note advising, “I’m robbing the bank, call all the news channels.”

During this incident Lara was implying he had a weapon beneath his clothing and kept his hand in his pocket. He also threatened employees to comply with his commands and that he was going to hold everyone hostage. The male was highly agitated and aggressive during this incident and at times threatened suicide by cop.

Lara was eventually taken into custody by force (Tasing) as he attempted to close the door to the bank creating a separation barrier between himself and officers on scene.

Armed Robbery Detectives, members of the Violent Crimes Gangs Task Force (VCGTF) and FBI agents responded to the incident. Detectives and Agents conducted their investigation and canvassing. As a result of the admission by Angel that he did in fact attempt to rob the Wells Fargo but he was unsuccessful in doing so. He will be charged with attempt to commit a felony (to wit robbery) and seven counts of false imprisonment.  

Angel Lara Jr. will be booked into Metropolitan Detention Center for the aforementioned stateside charges pending federal charges to follow.