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Overland Park teller says he was kidnapped, forced to open bank

November 11, 2010

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— A teller at a suburban Kansas City bank told police a man kidnapped him from the parking lot of his apartment complex early Wednesday and forced him to open the bank, which the man then robbed.

Another bank employee found the teller tied to a chair inside the U.S. Bank branch in Overland Park, Kan., just before 7:30 a.m. FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said the teller told investigators the robber kidnapped him between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. and forced him to drive around before taking him to the bank.

While acknowledging that the robbery was unusual, she said it's not unprecedented.

"We have heard of these types of bank robberies before, but it's unusual to see one in our area," she said.

Authorities would not disclose how much money had been taken.

Overland Park Police spokesman Jim Weaver said the teller, who is in his 20s, had been slapped in the face and had a bloody nose, but otherwise wasn't injured. His car was found later Wednesday morning about five blocks west of the bank, officials said.

"I cannot think of another incident, except many years ago, where people were abducted like that," Weaver said. "All of our jurisdictions have had bank robberies, but not like this."

He said the robber had a knife, but no guns were involved in the abduction.

The robber is described as a white man, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothes and what looked like a Halloween mask.

Weaver said nothing is being ruled out in the investigation, which has been taken over by the FBI.

Patton said U.S. Bank is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robber.

Comments

Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

tied to a chair..while a robbery was being conducted..."KINKY MAN KINKY"

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somedude20 3 years, 5 months ago

A few months ago (maybe last summer) some fast food worker here in town said he was kidnapped and forced to take (from Taco Bell?) money and that they dumped him out in the country. That story turned out to be BS much like I think this one is. Sounds like a couple bros downed too much brew and smoked too much herb and cooked up this plot. Amatures. "Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon... with nail polish. These (bad word) amateurs"

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monkey_c 3 years, 5 months ago

Obviously, and no surprise here...a teller can open a bank branch.

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xm75 3 years, 5 months ago

I thought the same thing, but it's likely the robber didn't know the teller was a teller and just followed home whoever he saw open the bank branch one day.

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kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

Since when can a teller open a bank branch?

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fanaddict 3 years, 5 months ago

Bet ya anything that the guy was in on it. How would the robber know that a teller could open a bank? I'd assume you would have to kidnap a bank manager to have access. And getting slapped and tied to a chair seems very movie like...but maybe I watch too much tv :-)

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