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Suspect kidnaps teller from home in bank robbery scheme [UPDATED]

January 27, 2009 |  6:31 pm

Anaheim police are searching for a suspect who kidnapped a bank employee from her home, forced her to drive to her bank and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"This is not something you see often," said Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez.

Updated at 10 p.m. The victim, who was pregnant and worked as a teller at a Bank of the West branch in West Anaheim, had the day off when a man knocked on her door, brandished a gun and demanded to be driven to the bank, Martinez says.

"We don't know how the suspect knew where she lived," Martinez said. "It causes us a lot of concern."

The man demanded that the teller drive him to the branch in the 600 block of South Brookhurst Street in her car. He forced her to park behind the bank. She then was ordered to retrieve money and bring it out to him, Martinez said.

An alert co-worker realized what was happening and called police as the woman exited the bank. The suspect escaped on foot through a back alley.

The woman, who was being interviewed by the FBI and Anaheim police robbery investigators late Tuesday, was not injured.

The suspect was described as a white man between 40 and 50, about 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds. The man had a mustache and was wearing dark clothing.

-- Andrew Blankstein