CORTE MADERA (CBS / AP) — An alleged armed man holed up for several hours inside a Corte Madera bank surrendered Monday night.

Authorities say the man exited the Bank of America branch with his hands up shortly after 10 p.m. Monday after hours of tense negotiations.

He was quickly placed in custody. The weapon in question turned out to be a pellet gun.

Authorities say the man, whose name has not been released, entered the branch located at 663 Tamalpais Drive late Monday afternoon, proceeded to post signs on the doors about his financial problems and go on a rant about inequities in America.

He let employees and customers leave as negotiators were talking to him. A SWAT team also surrounded the bank.

Police say the man was mentally ill and had not taken his medication.

A customer told the Marin Independent Journal newspaper that the man said he did not want to hurt the people inside and offered them bottled water.

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Comments (5)
  1. Zack Debarco says:

    Probably had a bad expeience with the bank while attempting to refinance his mortgage. Even with stellar credit, savings to almost pay for the outstanding mortgage and good jobs, we were initially rejected by our bank!!! Seems they don’t want people to take advantage of the “no cost” plan the government wants them to give people for bailing them out. I hope he gets only charged with disturbing the peace!!

    1. pistol says:

      you’re an idiot.

  2. chuyo 649 says:

    it’s very easy to post a comment with out all facts, but some thing tells me he was not there to rob, the bank!

  3. care/citizen says:

    if he did let the people go! just shows his beef it’s not with them! but with some one else!(hint) maybe the bank?

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