[UPDATE] FBI: Florida Bank Standoff Over, Robbers At Large

By: AP
By: AP

[UPDATE] Coral Gables, Florida (AP) --

The FBI says robbers kidnapped a Miami-area bank employee, strapped a possible bomb to his chest and used him to steal money from the bank.

FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said a teller was abducted early
Friday morning by three suspects and forced to help them rob a Bank
of America branch in Coral Gables near the University of Miami. The
teller was wearing a vest police believed was a bomb, although that
is not yet confirmed.

The teller later was brought out of the bank unharmed. Orihuela
says the three suspects got away with an undetermined amount of
cash.

No other employees or customers were held hostage.

The university sent an alert to students warning them to stay
away from the area, and some local elementary schools have been
locked down as a precaution.

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Coral Gables, Florida (AP) --

Police are surrounding a Miami-area bank where they say a robber has taken hostages.

Coral Gables police say an unknown number of employees and
customers were taken hostage Friday at a Bank of America which is
near the University of Miami. Hostage negotiators are at the bank
along with the FBI and the Miami-Dade County bomb squad.

The university sent an alert to students warning them to stay
away from the area near the bank.

Some elementary schools in the area have been locked down as a
precaution but the university remains open.


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