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UPDATE: Florida bank robbed after teller held hostage

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (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, Fla. (AP) -- South Florida police say there's one person and possibly a bomb inside a bank near the University of Miami.

However, police could not confirm whether there were any hostages inside the Bank of America in Coral Gables, as initially reported.

Police Sgt. Janette Frevola says there is one person inside the bank, but investigators are not sure if that person is a victim or a suspect. She could not say whether the hostage negotiations team called to the scene still had contact with the person.

The Bank of America branch is near the University of Miami. 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, Fla. (WKOW) -- Police say a robber has taken an unknown number of hostages at a Bank of America near the University of Miami.

Authorities say some employees and customers were taken hostage Friday at the bank, but they do not know how many. Hostage negotiators, the FBI and the Miami-Dade County bomb squad are at the bank.

 

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