"Bomb Collar" Used In Robbery Attempt

Monday, December 31, 2012 - 8:52am

Bank employee held hostage with fake bomb attached to her neck.

The FBI and Phoenix police are looking for a man they said held a Bank of America employee hostage in her house overnight and then took her on Saturday morning to her workplace.

FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said the suspect, an unknown male, took the victim hostage at about 6 p.m. on Friday and placed a device around the victim's neck that appeared to be an explosive. He then took her to the Bank of America branch where she works.

Johnson said it's not clear how the victim, whose name was not released, came into contact with the suspect on Friday. Authorities responded Saturday morning to the bank at 48th Street and Ray Road after an alarm in the bank was activated. The suspect had fled the scene by the time police arrive, officials said.

Authorities determined the device on her neck was not an explosive, and they removed it.

Tommy Thompson, a spokesman with the Phoenix Police Department, said the woman was unharmed but shaken up.

Authorities believe the suspect's likely intention was to rob the bank although he did not obtain any money before fleeing after the alarm was triggered.

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