Bank of America Robbed for 2nd Time

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Two robbers held up a Bank of America branch Wednesday morning, pistol-whipping a guard and a bank employee before fleeing, police said.

Glendale police spokesman Chahe Keuroghelian said the two suspects, a man and a woman, walked into the rear entrance of the bank near San Fernando Road and Sonora Avenue at about 10 a.m. and demanded money.

Before firing one shot in the air to scare the customers and employees, the male robber hit both the guard and the employee in the head with his gun.

Keuroghelian said the shock tactics did more than just alarm the customers.

"Just trying to scare some people caused some serious injuries," he said.

After the male robber assaulted the workers, the female robber forced a teller to clean out a cash drawer. The man then tried to enter the vault for more cash, but failed because an employee had locked herself inside.

The pair fled through the rear door, taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

The two injured workers were treated at Thompson Memorial Medical Center for minor head injuries and released.

In mid-November, Keuroghelian said three men robbed the same Glendale branch, but crashed their getaway car in the bank's parking lot, leaving the stolen cash inside the vehicle and fleeing on foot.

In light of the second robbery at the west Glendale branch in less than two months and because of the pistol-whipping, Bank of America executives offered a $25,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of the robbers.

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