Man, 70, held over bomb claim in bank

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 April, 2000, 12:00am

A 70-year-old man was arrested in a bank in Yau Ma Tei yesterday after he told staff he had a bomb in a box, police said.

The man, who wore a cap and white workmen's gloves and was carrying a pink shoe box, entered the International Bank of Asia in Woosung Street at 9.30am and approached one of the three counters, police said.

There were no customers in the bank.

'A note was submitted to a female teller saying there was a bomb in the shoe box and demanding $200,000,' said an officer from Kowloon West region's Emergency Unit.

Three policemen doing routine checks on banks in the area grabbed the man before the teller pressed the panic button. There was nothing in the box.

The man, who lives alone in Yau Ma Tei, told police he was unemployed and had no money. It is understood he is in debt by more than $10,000.

A similar attempted raid was carried out on the Bank of East Asia in Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, on Tuesday morning. The suspect fled empty-handed when a teller activated the alarm system.

Last night the suspect was being held in Yau Ma Tei police station.