DENVER — A would-be bank robber who got locked out of the bank he was trying to rob is heading to prison.
According to investigators, Jose Jimenez used a handgun to threaten a bank manager and three tellers into filling a backpack with cash from the Palisades National Bank in western Colorado on the morning of Aug. 20, 2011.
But one of the tellers also managed to trip the silent alarm, and Jimenez then also took hostage a police officer who arrived to check on things.
Jimenez took the officer's gun, but got distracted checking on the cash. The officer then ran out the bank's door while calling for backup, prosecutors said. Jimenez chased the cop out the door — which locked behind him. That left Jimenez outside the bank with no cash and the tellers and managers safely locked inside.
The officer escaped unhurt and Jimenez went on the run until investigators tracked him down last summer. He pleaded guilty earlier this year and was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison late last month.
Jimenez's getaway driver in June received a 10-year prison sentence for his role in the attempted robbery, federal prosecutors said.