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​Police search for armed bank robber in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10:46 GMT+7

Police are searching for the male suspect in a failed bank heist at an Agribank branch in the Central Highlands city of Buon Ma Thuot on Wednesday.

The man fled after firing a homemade gun at a security guard, lodging the bullet in a mirror attached to a concrete column.

“The robbery occurred at noon on Wednesday. A man broke into the bank, fired his gun and fled. We have pinpointed his location to a local coffee farm and are working to have him arrested,” said Major General Tran Ky Roi, police chief of Dak Lak Province.

According to Nguyen Van Du, director of the Agribank branch where the attempted robbery occurred, the man had arrived at the bank at around 10:55 am on a motorbike, dressed in all black, wearing a mask over his face, and talking on a mobile phone.

The bank’s executives were holding a meeting on the second floor of the building at the time.

When a security guard approached the man and asked him to remove his mask before entering bank, the man claimed he was sick and continued his phone conversation, Du said.

At around 11:30 am when only two customers remained in the bank, the man suddenly drew his gun and threw a bag at a security guard, demanding to have it filled with money.

“I’ll die sooner or later,” the man said.

When the security guard withdrew behind a concrete column covered with mirror panes, the robber fired a bullet, missing the guard but hitting the mirror.

“The clerks ran for their lives and sounded the alarm at the sound of the gunshot,” Du said. “The executives heard the alarm and came downstairs as the robber was fleeing through the front door.”

Police arrived shortly after to investigate the scene and gather witnesses’ accounts.

“Everything happened so fast. He only had enough time to throw his bag at the security guard and left before taking any money,” Du said.

Police are examining the suspect’s motorbike left at the scene.

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