A federal magistrate ordered a self-confessed bank robber confined to the mental-health unit of the Salt Lake County Jail for at least 10 days to keep the man from harming himself.
U.S. Magistrate Ronald Boyce ordered Clyde Lee Robinson, 44, 4950 S. State, held without bail in the jail. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Campbell asked that Robinson be held because he had confessed to the May 31 robbery of Zions Bank, 153 E. 6100 South. Robinson made the confession during an interview with FBI agent Don Roberts, Campbell said. Robinson also told Roberts he was seriously depressed and entertained thoughts of suicide.Boyce said he will review his decision in 10 days and if Robinson's depression is under control, he will be released to 24-hour supervision at a halfway house.
According to police, a man entered Zions First National Bank May 31, handed the teller a note demanding money and threatened her with a gun. No one knew the bank was being robbed until after the man left with an unspecified amount of cash.
Boyce scheduled a preliminary hearing on the charge for June 13.