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Robbery Victim Strapped With Device Found Inside East LA Bank

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HUNTINGTON PARK (CBSLA.com) — An East Los Angeles bank was evacuated Wednesday morning after a robbery victim strapped with an unknown device was found inside the building.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports two suspects with ski masks reportedly abducted the woman in front of her home in Huntington Park early Wednesday morning.

The suspects transported the victim to a Bank of America branch at 941 South Atlantic Blvd. around 8:30 a.m., where they reportedly strapped the device around the woman’s waist and ordered her to withdraw money, deputies said.

They then fled the location with an unknown amount of cash in a getaway car, possibly a white Kia with a partial California license plate 6HOR54, according to deputies.

CBS2’s Dave Lopez caught a glimpse of the woman, who is reportedly the bank’s branch manager.

“She was taken to a squad car where we were able to get a couple of good pictures of her,” Lopez told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO. “She was hiding her face; she had tears in her eyes, mascara had run down her face.”

Officials evacuated the bank as bomb squad members arrived.

A robotic device denoted the item and determined it was not explosive.

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