Robber holds 18 hostage in bank, is arrested

October 09, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Eighteen employees were briefly held hostage yesterday morning at a Rodgers Forge bank while a robber waited for the manager to arrive and unlock the vault. But the police showed up first and, after a short chase, arrested a suspect, authorities said.

As the unidentified suspect attended a bail hearing last night, police searched for an accomplice.

None of the employees at Bradford Federal Savings Bank at 6900 York Road was hurt. The incident began about 8:30 a.m. when an employee unlocking the bank was pushed inside by a man wearing a bandana.

The robber forced her to unlock other doors, then bound her hands and feet with plastic tape and took her cell phone, threatening to shoot her if the bank alarm went off, police said.

As other employees arrived, the man bound each until he ran out of tape and waited for the manager, police said. But the alarm activated before then.

The robber ran past two officers but was caught about five blocks away, police said. He dropped the leftover tape, three employee cell phones and a walkie-talkie he used to talk to someone outside the bank.

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