Calif. bank robbed; device strapped to manager
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two masked gunmen kidnapped a bank manager, strapped what they said was a bomb to her midsection and forced her to order employees to empty cash drawers when her Bank of America branch opened Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The bank robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of money, but no one was injured in the heist. A Los Angeles County sheriff‘s bomb squad disabled the device, but investigators wouldn’t say if it was explosive.
No arrests have been made.
The robbery occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. after the woman, a bank manager, told authorities she had been held against her will since Tuesday night. The bank manager arrived at her workplace wearing a device placed on her stomach by the suspects, authorities said.
“She was told that it was explosives and she was ordered to go into the bank and take out all the money,” said sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker. “She did do that in fear for her life.”
The women then ordered her fellow employees to remove the cash from the bank and it was thrown to the suspects who were waiting outside, authorities said.
Parker said the woman remained inside the bank until a bomb squad arrived and removed the device from her body. The bomb squad later disabled the item with a robot.
It’s unclear if the woman knew the suspects.