Two arrested after attempted robbery at ATM

Two robbery suspects were arrested Saturday after one of them appeared to try to jump a college student depositing money at an ATM in the early-morning hours, Costa Mesa police said.

The 25-year-old woman had just finished the transaction at a Chase Bank near Harbor Boulevard and Baker Street around 2 a.m. when a man wearing a black beanie over his face ran toward her, police said.

The woman quickly locked herself in her car and started the engine, but the man ran up to her window pointing what looked like a black handgun at her, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.

The release said the man demanded money, but the woman drove away and called police from a nearby home.

Officers searched the area around the bank and detained Aaron Jsames, 21, and Ashley Tate, 22, both of Costa Mesa.

Police said Tate had a BB gun designed to look like a handgun, $700 in cash and a small amount of heroin.

Tate had planned the robbery with Jsames, dropped him off in the parking lot and waited for him nearby on Dale Way, according to the news release.

Police said they also found heroin on Jsames and a folding knife and pepper spray in Tate's car, a 2013 black Hyundai Elantra.

Both were booked at Costa Mesa's jail on suspicion of armed robbery and transferred to Orange County Jail, where they were being held on $100,000 bail.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident call detectives at (714) 754-5205.

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