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Bank manager kidnapped for robbery

December 2, 2008 6:56:24 AM PST
An assistant manager of a Lancaster bank was kidnapped from her home, held hostage overnight and forced to open a bank's vault for robbers on Tuesday morning.Sources in the L.A. County Sheriff Department say the kidnapped woman was taken to the Downey Savings Bank at Valley Central Way and Avenue J on Tuesday morning and ordered to remove all the money from the bank vault at about 7:30 a.m.

The kidnapping suspects got away in the assistant manager's stolen car after releasing her.

Deputy Michael Rust from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said the victim had gone to her garage at about 6:45 p.m. Monday to get something from her car when she was kidnapped by two suspects. The male suspect was described as 5 feet, 5 inches, about 180 pounds and believed to be Hispanic. Both suspects were wearing ski masks.

"They held forced her at gunpoint back into her house. They held her there hostage until about 7:20 this morning," Rust said.

The suspects forced the woman to go to the bank in her car. The female suspect stayed in the car while the male suspect made her open up the bank and unlock the vault. He took an undisclosed amount of money from the vault.

The suspects drove the woman back to her home and forced her to lay down on her bed while they fled in her car. Police later found the woman's car.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Lancaster Sheriff's Station at (661) 948-8466.

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