The man suspected of trying to rob at knife point a South Pasadena jewelry store was charged on Thursday in court with attempted robbery.

Omar Tariq Bradley, 21, of Compton, pleaded not guilty to the alleged botched hold-up of the Vana Watch & Jewelry store in downtown So Pas.

Bradley also faces the allegation that he used a deadly weapon in connection with the robbery.

Bradley’s bail has been set at $95,000 and is due back in the Alhambra courtroom on Jan. 3.

Two men, one allegedly was Bradley, tried to rob the jewelry store last Friday but were run off by the store’s employees. Nothing was stolen and nobody was injured.

The two men fled the scene in a green Chevrolet Malibu that authorities later spotted in Compton.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the car being driven by Bradley. He was later arrested by So Pas police officers.

If convicted, Bradley faces up to four years in prison.

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Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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