A man was arrested in Hanoi on Wednesday after attempting to rob a bank with a knife and a fake bomb.
Tran Vu Huy broke into a Maritime Bank in Cau Giay District at around noon, headed for the transaction room on the second floor, and threatened the two bankers there to give him VND50 million (US$2,400), police said in a Tuesday report by news website Dan Tri.
Huy, a debtor, had waited until all the customers left to give a note to the male banker, asking him to fill his bag with the money quietly or he would pull the bomb's pin in 15 minutes. The 26-year-old put a black package in front of the banker when he made the bomb threat.
The robbery attempt was almost successful until guards on the ground floor heard the female banker crying. The guards went upstairs and scared Huy with electronic clubs.
Huy was caught 15 meters away from the bank with the money.
Police said the man had made a fake bomb with two empty packs of cigarettes covered with black plaster. A staple was used to imitate a pin, and a door remote control was made look like the bomb's control.
An investigation has been launched.
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