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Suspect Competent for Trial in Test Drive Bank Robbery

Suspect Competent for Trial in Test Drive Bank Robbery



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A 31-year-old Indiana man accused of robbing a bank while he was taking a car for a test drive with a car lot employee has been determined competent to stand trial by two mental health experts.

On Wednesday, a judge scheduled a pretrial conference for December 15th for Zachary Hayden. He's charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and second-degree felony theft.

In the alleged incident, Hayden was test-driving a Ford Escort on Aug. 23 when he told the accompanying salesman he needed to stop to get money.

While Hayden was inside a Wells Fargo bank, the employee had stepped out of the car to help passers-by with directions when Hayden came running out of the bank and sped off with the alleged loot.

He was arrested the next day in Nevada, the car's $1,895 price tag still on the windshield and dealer plates still attached.

A week after his arrest on the bank robbery charge, Hayden was also charged with obstruction of justice. He's suspected of calling in a bomb threat as a diversion to the robbery.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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