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Would-be Lorain bank robber confused when asked to show ID

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    Joseph Griffiths

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    A man attempted to rob the Huntington Bank branch on Oberlin Avenue in Lorain on Thursday.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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LORAIN — An attempted robbery at a Huntington Bank branch on Oberlin Avenue came to a quick end Thursday when the teller asked the robber to see some identification.

Joseph Griffiths, 36 — whom Lorain County Jail records indicate also goes by the name Curtis Holloway — with no known address, is charged with robbery by force or threat of force, a second-degree felony.

Griffiths was being held without bond Thursday in the Lorain County Jail, pending an initial appearance in court, according to jail records.

Lorain police Capt. Michael Failing said Griffiths walked into the bank branch on Oberlin Avenue about noon. Instead of filling out a deposit or withdrawal ticket, Griffiths allegedly wrote a note, which he then passed to the teller, saying he was robbing the bank and wanted $400.

Failing said the teller asked Griffiths for identification.

“That seemed to confuse him, and he walked out,” Failing said, noting police caught up to him about a block away from the bank.

Griffiths already faces a theft charge for an incident March 30 at Rite Nau Drive-Thru Beverage, also on Oberlin Avenue. In that instance, Failing said, Griffiths allegedly ran out of the store with a carton of Newport cigarettes.

Charges are pending for another incident Wednesday, when Griffiths allegedly reached into the cash register and tried to steal some cash at Raceway, also on Oberlin Avenue.

Griffiths has prior arrests for robbery, retaliation and criminal trespass, according to Lorain County Jail records.

“He is well-known to us,” Failing said of Griffiths. “He has a bunch of failed attempts.”

Contact Vince Guerrieri at (440) 329-7124 or vguerrieri@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @vinceguerrieri.
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