Allen Azaryan, the man accused of robbing the downtown Wells Fargo Bank last month, made his initial appearance in court Wednesday.
The 40-year-old stands charged with bank robbery.
The magistrate did not make a ruling on whether he could post bond to get out of jail during the hearing.
Azaryan is also held on state charges.
He asked the judge to appoint an attorney for him.
Police say Azaryan entered the Wells Fargo building on December 8th and handed the teller a note. The teller then handed him an undisclosed amount of money in a bank bag.
As he was walking out of the bank, a police officer who was in line a few rows down was told what had just happened.
The officer chased Azaryan outside and took him down at gunpoint.
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