Trial date set in ATM card robbery attempt

Andrew S. Loughlin is accused of trying to take another man's card at a bank branch last month.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to trying to rob a person of his ATM card outside the Ninth Avenue branch of Banner Bank last month.

Andrew S. Loughlin, 25, of 201 McAuliff Ave., No. 2, is scheduled for trial July 14 and 15 in Walla Walla County Superior Court on the charge of second-degree attempted robbery.

Police said the victim, Enrique Viramontes, was in his car in the bank's parking lot at 600 S. Ninth about 4:50 p.m. May 22. He reportedly had his ATM card out because he was planning to go to the ATM machine when the would-be robber appeared at the passenger side of the vehicle and reached into the partially opened window, according to a police report filed in court.

"Viramontes stated the suspect tried to grab his ATM card but he backed up the car, rolled up the window and locked the door."

The man then allegedly tried to open the door and punched the window so hard Viramontes believed he was trying to break it. Viramontes then reportedly backed up again, pulled up to a teller's drive-through window and reported what had happened.

The man left heading west. Loughlin was detained shortly afterward in the 1000 block of West Chestnut Street and positively identified by the teller as the suspect, police said.

Loughlin, who reportedly was intoxicated, was arrested and transported to the County Jail. Bail was set at $25,000.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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