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(SALT LAKE CITY) — Police in Salt Lake City arrested a robbery suspect on Thursday after he allegedly wore a hoax device appearing to be an explosive vest during the robbery.

Police identified the suspect as Joshua Anthony Silva, 24. ABC affiliate ABC 4 Utah reported that police responded to Zions Bank at about 10 a.m. local time on Thursday. After chasing and arresting the suspect, they found wires coming from his vest, calling in a bomb squad to investigate.

A robot from the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Hazardous Device Unit contacted Silva, removing the vest and allowing officers to take him into custody without incident.


The SLCPD Hazardous Devices Unit has confirmed that the explosive vest worn by the robbery suspect (2100 S. 1000 W.) was a hoax device.

— SLC Police Dept. (@slcpd) January 22, 2015


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