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Judge rules alleged South Bay bank robber mentally incompetent to stand trial

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man arrested at a South Bay bank last summer while he allegedly waited for a teller to hand over money is mentally incompetent to stand trial and will be sent to a state mental hospital, a judge ruled Wednesday.

After reviewing a doctor's report, Judge Frederick Maguire found that Edward De Nufeille did not understand the charges against him and could not assist his attorney at trial.

De Nufeille, who is charged with attempted robbery and burglary, will be sent to Patton State Hospital for three years or until he gains his mental competency, court officials said.

The defendant, 49, was arrested Aug. 11 after employees at the Bank of America on East Eighth Street in National City surreptitiously made an emergency call and quietly directed customers to leave and locked themselves in a vault while the suspect waited for his loot, police said.

The worker who made the 911 call was able to give police a moment-to-moment description of the bandit's actions, police said.

As officers surrounded the bank, all the patrons inside were able to leave without raising the robber's suspicions, according to police.

Police entered the bank and found De Nufeille sitting on a couch, where he surrendered without incident.

Though a demand note passed to an employee claimed he was carrying a gun and was "willing to shoot," no weapon was found on the suspect, police said.

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