A May trial has been set for a Delaware man accused of robbing the Chase Bank in downtown Delaware last month.
Jose Angel Santiago Cintron, 42, of 18 Muirwood Village Drive, Delaware, appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning and pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; two counts of kidnapping, first-degree felonies and one count of theft, fifth-degree felonies.
Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley accepted his the plea submitted by Cintron’s attorney, Scott Wolf, and scheduled a trial for May 2.
Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Andrew Bigler told Gormley that on the morning of Feb. 17, Cintron entered the Chase Bank located at 61 N. Sandusky Street with a knife. Bigler said Cintron held the knife at a woman’s throat in the bank and demanded money.
Police report the man left with an undisclosed amount of US currency, but was apprehended by Delaware officers approximately 10 minutes later several blocks from the bank. Police attributed the quick apprehension to good witness statements and a City of Delaware Parking Control Officer.
The indictment states that Cintron made off with between $1,000 and $7,500 from the bank.
Gormley told Cintron that the prison term for a first-degree felony ranges between three to 11 years in prison and said he could face up to 12 months in prison for the theft charge.
Additionally, Gormley schedule a pretrial hearing for April 10 at 9:15 a.m. Bigler estimated that a jury trial would likely take at least two days because of the high number of witnesses.
Gormley set Cintron’s bond at $75,000, which is lower than the $100,000 bond Cintron was given in Delaware Municipal Court days after his arrest.
Cintron was in the Delaware County Jail Wednesday.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.