FBI: Robbers Strap Explosives To Teller's Chest - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

FBI: Robbers Strap Explosives To Teller's Chest

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — A bank teller was kidnapped early Friday from his home by robbers who strapped a suspected bomb to his chest and used him to steal money from a Bank of America branch near the University of Miami, according to the FBI.

The suspected explosive device was safely removed and the teller was brought out of the bank shortly before noon. The FBI would not say whether it was a viable explosive, but said it contained "bomb-making materials."

Coral Gables police Chief Richard Naue said three men broke into the teller's home, holding him and his father hostage for several hours. Two of the men allegedly drove the teller to the bank, while the third remained with the man's father.

The alleged robbers never actually entered the bank. Naue said they sent the booby-trapped teller inside to retrieve an undisclosed amount of cash. The branch manager, who was the only other employee there before the bank opened, then called police.

"It is an unusual event to have explosives strapped to a victim and sent in," said Dena Choucair, assistant special agent for the FBI in Miami. "We do not have any information at this time that connects it to other robberies in the area, but we are pursuing all logical leads at this point."

Police did not immediately release the teller's name, or officially clear him of wrongdoing, though he was described as a victim.

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