(SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS) — ANTIOCH, Calif. — A 29-year-old man was arrested Monday morning after he tried to rob a bank with a note the teller couldn’t read, authorities said.

Jamal Garrett, of Antioch, was arrested across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank at 2601 Somersville Road, where police said the man demanded money about 9:45 a.m.. The attempt was unsuccessful, authorities said, in part because bank employees did not immediately know they were being robbed.

The man reportedly walked into the bank and silently produced a note, which the teller couldn’t read because of the bad handwriting, Sgt. Tara Nissen said. The woman went to get her manager to help her decipher the message, during which time the suspect left through a back door.

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