[Cover Picture: Central News Agency]
A female customer was threatened with a knife to the neck during an armed robbery at a bank in Shilin District, Taipei City this afternoon, September 20.
At around 1:00pm, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet and a surgical mask walked into a branch of Taipei Star Bank on Jiantan Road, and approached a 30 year-old woman at the counter from behind. The man grabbed the woman, put a knife to her neck and threw a bag onto the counter.
“Come up with the money quickly,” he told the teller.
Fearing for the safety of the customer, the teller put NT$300, 000 into the bag. The man then ran out of the bank and escaped on a motorcycle.
Police arrived at the scene 3 minutes later.
The man is described as young, about 170cm tall, and of slim build. He was wearing white gloves, a black t-shirt and jeans.
The bank manager told media that as the bank was a small branch, it did not have a security guard and the robbery occurred when most tellers were out to lunch.