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Suspected bank robber flees without cash after dye pack explodes in his hands

April 13, 2010 |  5:01 pm

A suspected bank robber dropped his fake gun and cash as he fled from a Pasadena bank Tuesday when the dye pack handed over with the money exploded, police said.

The attempted robbery occurred about 11 a.m. at City National Bank in the 100 block of South Lake Avenue when the suspect brandished a replica firearm and demanded money from a teller, police said.

The teller complied but also handed over a dye pack that was promptly activated and exploded, causing the suspect to flee empty-handed.

Detectives described the robber as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot, medium build, short hair, clean-shaven and wearing a light-colored shirt and camouflage pants.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Pasadena police at (626) 744-4241 or (626) 744-6492.

-- Richard Winton

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