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Unidentified bankrobber escapes with USD 200,000 in Yerevan

An unmasked man walked into the bank in the city center, threatening to blow himself up

A man who robbed a branch of the Converse Bank in downtown Yerevan got away with the cash equivalent of USD 200,000 consisting of various currencies. The bank staff complied with the robber’s demand as he threatened to blow himself up if he didn’t get the money.

As Sona Truzyan, advisor to the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Armenia told journalists, the robbery took place at about 11 a.m. on Monday 9 October. The robber went straight to the bank manager and demanded that all the money available in the bank at the time be handed over to him.

“The man wasn’t wearing a mask. He and his possible accomplices are now wanted by the authorities. I can’t provide any further information in the interest of an ongoing investigation,” said Sona Truzyan.

The branch was closed for 24 hours, but has resumed operating today.

It’s already the second robbery that took place at a Converse Bank. There was a robbery attempt at one of its Yerevan-based branches seven years ago. A bank security guard who fired at the criminal and wounded him, prevented the robbery back then. The robber turned out to be a police officer.

 

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