Video: DTLA Bank Robbery Suspect Sacked By LAPD Beanbag Bullet
Police took down a suspect with a beanbag round in downtown L.A. today after he allegedly made a bomb threat before he robbed a bank.
Around 9:40 a.m, the F.B.I. responded to a call about a robbery at the Chase Bank by 9th and Hill streets, reports the L.A. Times. There they encountered a man, dressed in a black suit with a suitcase, who reportedly told people inside that he was carrying explosives, and demanded $250,000 in cash from bank employees. The LAPD bomb squad also arrived on the scene to assess the bomb threat.
In a video filmed by witness Paul Bortoli and shared with KTLA, the suspect can be seen standing on the sidewalk in front of the bank. The man appears to be reaching into the suitcase and tosses a wad of cash in the air. "It's the money," says Bortoli during the recording. As the man throws the paper, officers approach and fire one round of a nonlethal beanbag bullet and the man collapses to the ground.
Update: Dramatic video shows police officers shooting beanbag rounds at a man outside a Chase bank while responding to a bomb threat and robbery in downtown Los Angeles. In a video recorded by witness Paul Bortoli, the man is seen reaching into a suitcase and throwing several pieces of paper just before the officers moved in and fired. Police later confirmed the use of non-lethal ammunition in the incident.Subsequent video from Sky5 seems to show the same man, shirtless and handcuffed, being examined by firefighter-paramedics and police before being placed on a stretcher in a seated position.Watch KTLA’s video here: http://ktlane.ws/1R9tDb0
Posted by KTLA 5 News on Monday, October 26, 2015
The LAPD bomb squad secured the area and determined that the suitcase posed no danger, according to the Times. The suspect was afterward examined by firefighter-paramedics and police, before being taken into custody, according to KTLA. There were no reports of any immediate injuries.