A bomb squad technician outside a Bank of America branch in Los Angeles on Wed., Sept. 5, 2012. (AP/USA Today)
LOS ANGELES -- Two men kidnapped a Los Angeles bank manager from her home, strapped a pipe bomb to her and forced her to rob her Bank of America branch this morning, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Police evacuated hundreds of people in several blocks around the East Los Angeles bank, and the bomb was detonated safely. The 32-year-old bank manager, who has not been identified, was not hurt. Police said she is not suspected of being in league with the robbers, who fled with an undisclosed amount of cash about 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET).
Police said the two men abducted her Tuesday night from her home, held her overnight, then strapped the bomb to her stomach and forced her to take the money, KTLA-TV says. She announced the robbery to colleagues and threw the money outside as the robbers waited. They fled in a white Kia.