Accused bank robber enters not-guilty plea
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Police officers hold Jaime Frutos, 20, who is suspected of robbing Bank of Stockton, 1175 N. Tracy Blvd., on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Frutos was being held for identification by a witness after a crash ended a short car chase with Tracy Police Department officers.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Police officers hold Jaime Frutos, 20, who is suspected of robbing Bank of Stockton, 1175 N. Tracy Blvd., on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Frutos was being held for identification by a witness after a crash ended a short car chase with Tracy Police Department officers. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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MANTECA — The public defender for a Los Banos man accused of robbing the Tracy Bank of Stockton on Dec. 10 entered a not-guilty plea Thursday, Dec. 26, during a hearing in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Manteca.

Jaime Cortes Frutos, 20, is charged with robbery, evading police and making threats to cause great bodily injury.

During his further-arraignment hearing, public defender Robert Remlinger asked Judge Thomas Harrington to continue Frutos’ matter for a week or two to give him more time to review some documents.

Harrington declined the request after Deputy District Attorney Ron Indran said that he wanted to set a date for a preliminary hearing and that a delay wouldn’t affect Frutos’ status.

Remlinger agreed to enter a not-guilty plea and waived time for Frutos’ next court date.

Harrington set the pre-preliminary hearing for Jan. 22 and the preliminary hearing for Jan. 28, both at 8:30 a.m., in Manteca court.

Frutos is accused of robbing Bank of Stockton, 1175 N. Tracy Blvd., at about 11 a.m. Dec. 10.

According to police, Frutos fled the bank after the robbery in a Saturn sedan. He is accused of leading police on a chase through south Tracy neighborhoods, eventually crashing the car into an SUV near Kelly School 535 Mabel Josephine Drive.

Frutos was arrested at the accident scene, and police reported finding the stolen money inside the sedan he was driving.

Frutos is free after posting bail, which was lowered from $285,000 to $50,000 by Judge Clark Sueyres during his initial court hearing Dec. 12.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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