FBI: Woman ambushed during Pompano Beach bank robbery

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police and the FBI are investigating a bank robbery after an armed man ambushed an employee in Pompano Beach before business hours, Wednesday morning.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene at the SunTrust branch located along Atlantic Boulevard and Northeast 15th Avenue, just after 8 a.m. robbery

According to police, a woman who works at the bank was ambushed and held at gunpoint as she arrived for work. She was then forced inside the bank by the hooded armed robber.

“I’m very surprised,” said customer Diana Williams. “This bank is in a good location, and I’m not sure why it was robbed.”

The FBI, who took over the investigation, released several images of the robber, who wore a yellow hoodie and carried a gun in his hand.

“You never know who’s lurking or watching you,” said one woman at the scene. “If he got away, I hope he didn’t receive anything or any money.”

Officials said the robber waited for the bank employee and rushed up to her from behind as she was opening the bank’s doors.

FBI officials said a possible suspect was later brought in for questioning. Investigators have not announced the identity of this person or any pending charges.

The bank employee was later taken in for questioning.

“I think it would be extremely scary,” said another woman in the parking lot. “People are getting desperate. I think that that can happen at random. I think it’s just a nutcase who found someone. That’s the whole idea. Crime is random unless you know the person; it’s not an inside job. Poor thing.”

Police shutdown both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Atlantic Boulevard when the investigation began, but have since reopened traffic.

The bank will remained closed for the rest of the day. It is unclear what the man was able to get away with.

If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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