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Suspect held after abortive bank robbery

POLICE announced this morning that they have detained a suspect who brandished a knife during a bank robbery in the Pudong New Area yesterday morning.

The man, surnamed Wan, 23, was caught by police in a residential area on Zhangdong Road at 12:05am, about 13 hours after the robbery.

The suspect, who was masked during the robbery, was chased by a security guard and three bank workers when he left the bank. He ditched the 100,000 yuan (US$16,144) he stole in order to get away.

The robbery took place at 11:04am in the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China outlet on Zhangjiang Road.

The man, about 1.80 meters tall, wearing a gray beanie, medical mask, black jacket and a pair of jeans, walked in and asked for money. Police said they found the jacket and the mask in his apartment. Wan, they said, confessed to the crime.

"His knife was pointed at a customer and he forced us to take money from the customer's account," said Xu Qing, a director of the bank. "One of our staff tried to deal with him while others immediately called the police."

The suspect ran out with the 100,000 yuan from the teller counter. A security guard, armed with a baton, and three male employees of the bank chased him, Xu said. The suspect, carrying a red bag and the knife, turned into the narrow Jiangdong Road.

"There was one young man running ahead and a security guard and three staff chasing after.

No one knew what was going on and the people behind shouted, ?Quickly, catch him!' "said a massage parlor employee surnamed Feng.

Surveillance camera footage that captured the chase minutes after the robbery showed both the suspect and the pursuers looked tired when they turned into the lane.

With the suspect still armed, most of the followers kept their distance.

"One of the followers took off his belt and tried to fight with the suspect," a chef at a noodle store said.

The narrow lane was packed, with several vegetable vendors peddling among the crowds.

At this time, a car coming from the other direction blocked the road, and the suspect threw his bag with 100,000 yuan cash into the car through a window and fled.

Onlookers said the suspect appeared to run to the end of Jiangdong Road, near Guanglan Road, and got into a taxi to flee.


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