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Defense Attorney Questions Competency of Attempted Bank Robber Who Left With Coffee

The lawyer defending a man who tried to rob a bank in San Mateo but left with only a cup of coffee is questioning his client's mental competency to stand trial.

Aaron Brandon Justin, 35, booking photo. Credit: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
Aaron Brandon Justin, 35, booking photo. Credit: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
The defense attorney for a 35-year-old man who attempted to rob a Chase Bank in San Mateo earlier this month but left with only a cup of coffee questioned his client's mental competency in court on Thursday.

Aaron Brandon Justin and his lawyer Kevin Allen will return to court Friday to have doctors appointed to examine Justin, who prosecutors say walked into the bank on Sept. 4 and handed the teller a note that read, "I have a bomb give me the money."

The teller panicked and froze, prosecutors said.

When she unfroze, she pushed the alarm button, but Justin had already walked away, helped himself to a cup of coffee, and strolled out of the bank, according to prosecutors.

He was contacted nearby, and arrested after witnesses identified him as the would-be robber, according to prosecutors.

Justin pleaded not guilty on Sept. 6 to charges of second-degree burglary. He remains in custody in lieu $50,000 bail.

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