September 20, 1997 in City

Bank Robber Forces Employees Into Vault

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

A masked man robbed a Latah, Wash., bank Friday afternoon, forcing employees into the vault and escaping in a stolen car, Spokane County sheriff’s deputies said.

About 3 p.m. the robber demanded money from a female teller while displaying a black semiautomatic handgun, deputies said.

After the Bank of Latah teller placed the money in a paper sack, the robber ordered employees into the vault, but stopped short of locking them in.

No one was injured.

The man ran outside, driving away in a dirty silver Lincoln Town Car, deputies said.

The abandoned car was discovered about 30 minutes later in the parking lot of a retirement home in Tekoa, in Whitman County. It had been stolen from a north Spokane car lot on Sept. 17, deputies said.

By late Friday, no arrest had been made. The suspect is described as white, 40 to 50 years old, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.

, DataTimes


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