Employees tied up, held at gunpoint during Scottsdale bank robbery

Posted: Updated:
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Bank employees and a customer were tied up during a robbery Tuesday morning, according to the Scottsdale Police Department.

Police responded to an alarm at the Chase Bank at Via Linda and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard just after 8 a.m.

According to police, the suspect entered the bank wearing a wide-brimmed hat, black mask and black gloves and carrying a handgun. Officer David Pubins said at some point, the suspect fired a round into the ceiling.

The suspect began to obtain cash from the bank and then secured the three employees by binding their hands. Prior to the suspect leaving, a customer entered the bank and he bound the customer in the same manner.

The suspect was starting to leave in a white SUV as officers approached and took him into custody without further incident.
No one was injured.

A nearby school was placed on lockdown during the incident as a precaution.

The 47-year-old suspect faces armed robbery and related charges.