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Thursday
Mar012012

Bank Hostage Standoff Ends in Fiery Shootout

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BUENA PARK, Calif.) -- A bank manager at a Southern California bank who was held hostage has been rescued safely following a fiery shootout between a robbery suspect and SWAT team officers.

Police and SWAT team officers shot the suspect after they swarmed Saehan Bank in Buena Park, Calif., at about 3 p.m., according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC.

Authorities said the suspect continued to be uncooperative after the shooting, the station reported.

Aerial pictures show the suspect being taken out of the bank on a stretcher and placed into a paramedic vehicle.

The suspect's condition was not immediately known. It was unclear what the suspect's motive or demands were, officials said.

The suspect entered the bank at 11 a.m. and let all the employees leave except the female bank manager after an employee asked if they could leave, according to KABC.

The bank manager's condition is unknown at this time.

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Tuesday
May312011

Thieves Dressed Like Nuns Rob Chicago Bank

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Two robbers dressed in nun costumes held up a suburban Chicago bank in a brazen daytime heist in a scene straight of the bank-job movie The Town.

The suspected robbers, believed to be a man and woman, knocked over the TCF bank in Palos Heights, Ill., Sunday just before the bank was set to close at 1:58 p.m.

Both suspects were brandishing handguns, said Cynthia Yates, spokeswoman for the FBI field office in Chicago.

The robbers rushed into the bank, jumped over the counter and ordered two employees, a teller and the branch manager, to fill a Nike duffel bag with bundles of cash taken from the vault.

Yates described the stickup as a "takeover-style" heist, in which "the individuals came in and took over the bank, instructing tellers to do what the say or be harmed."

The suspects pointed their weapons at the bank employees, but no shots were fired and no one was injured.

The two suspects were both dressed in black sweat pants and sweatshirts and wore nuns' habits and identical ghoulish rubber masks, with small slits for eyes.

Police would not say how much money was taken.

The costumes were identical to those worn by a crew of stickup men in the 2010 thriller The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

One suspect is described as a 5-foot-9 male carrying a revolver. The other suspect is described as a 5-foot-5 woman who brandished a semiautomatic handgun.

As a result of the heavy rubber masks, habbits and gloves, there was some confusion regarding the suspects' race. Investigators initially said they were white, but later said they were black.

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Sunday
Feb272011

Trapped 14-Month-Old Rescued From Inside Bank's Vault

Photo Courtesy - WSB-TV Atlanta(CONYERS, Ga.) -- Firefighters worked ferociously for several hours this weekend to free a 14-month-old toddler who had wandered into a Conyers, Ga., bank vault and became trapped.

After pumping oxygen into the air-tight vault at the Wells Fargo bank in Conyers, rescue workers and a safe technician were able to reach the crying toddler, who was trapped for approximately four hours.

According to a spokesman for the Conyers Police Department, the baby and her mother, who are the grandchild and daughter of one of the bank's employees, were inside the premises at the bank's closing time. Soon the toddler began to wander around the bank, and unbeknownst to her mother, walked into the bank's vault.

The vault, which is fitted with a time-lock close, must have shut immediately after the child wandered inside, according to ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Wells Fargo spokesman Jay Lawrence told WSB-TV that the baby was not in any danger. 

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Thursday
Feb102011

Gunman Shot to Death after N.C. Bank Standoff

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CARY, N.C.) -- A North Carolina bank robbery and hostage suspect was shot to death as he tried to leave a standoff with police by holding a gun to a woman's head.

Police were called to the Wachovia bank in Cary, N.C. around 3 p.m. ET after being alerted to a robbery.

Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore said none of the seven hostages were hurt during the ordeal. 

Town, county and state law enforcement agencies were called to the scene and surrounded the building, town spokeswoman Carrier Roman said.

Wells Fargo released a statement offering their assistance to police before the fatal shootings.

"The safety and security of our customers and team members is a top priority for Wachovia Wells Fargo," the statement said. "We are working very closely with law enforcement officials and providing any assistance and information that may help bring about a safe resolution to this situation."

Several nearby schools were placed on lockdown during the incident and after-school activities were cancelled, Roman said.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Grey-Haired Bank Robber in California Baffles FBI

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SAN DIEGO) -- The FBI and police in California are searching for the "geezer bandit," an apparently grey-haired elderly man who has committed armed robberies at 11 banks, the latest on Friday in Bakersfield.

The elderly persona -- whether real or donned for the robberies -- may be one reason why the bandit has been so successful. "People may think that because of his overall appearance he may not be as threatening," said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth in San Diego. "But you have to keep in mind that he's an armed bank robber. And he has threatened tellers with the use of that gun -- we have photos where he is actually pointing a gun at a teller."

Foxworth said "witnesses described him as wearing a Halloween-like old man mask. Whether he's actually an elderly man or someone wearing some type of disguise is something we're considering as part of the investigation. We have not limited ourselves in any way."

The first 10 robberies in San Diego County and the most recent in Riverside County share characteristics with Friday's heist in the town of Bakersfield, according to the FBI. In these episodes, which took place from August 2009 through June 2010, the robber showed a demand note, asked for cash, pointed a revolver at tellers, and threatened them with a gun if they did not comply.

There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "geezer bandit." Witnesses described the robber as white, male, apparently 60-70 years old, 6 feet tall and approximately 190 pounds.

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