(LOS ANGELES) — Two masked criminals kidnapped a bank manager, strapped what they said were explosives to her stomach and ordered her to take money from the bank, Los Angeles police said today.
The woman was allegedly abducted on Tuesday night and held overnight, according to ABC News’ Los Angeles affiliate KABC. The woman was taken to the Bank of America where she worked around 8:30 a.m. today and instructed to rob the bank.
“A device was strapped to the woman’s body,” said Capt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “She was told that it was explosives and she was ordered to go into the bank, take out all the money. She did do that in fear for her life.”
“While she was inside the bank, there were other employees present. She explained to them what was happening,” Parker said. “She took the money out of the bank and threw it out the door to the bank robbers.”
The ski mask wearing thieves fled with the money in a two-door car, possibly a white Kia, according to KABC.
The bank manager was left with the device on her and authorities called a bomb squad. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators and FBI agents, including bomb technicians, responded to the scene.
The device was removed from the woman and detonated by a bomb robot, according to authorities.
“A device left on the bank employee’s person was rendered safe by a Sheriff’s bomb squad and further investigation is ongoing, to include search for suspects,” the FBI’s L.A. office wrote in a statement.
The two robbers are still on the loose.
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