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Bank robbery in downtown Miami briefly turns into a hostage situation, police say
Miami police officers responding to reports of a bank robbery briefly had a hostage situation on their hands Friday afternoon, the department said.
Officers initially arrived at the Bank of America branch at 150 W. Flagler St. in downtown Miami around 12:30 p.m. after receiving reports that someone in the bank was being assaulted, said Miami police spokesman Officer Michael Vega.
But when they got there, witnesses said it was a robbery. An officer ran inside the building and saw a man with his arm around a woman’s neck, Vega said.
“Officers began a dialog with the suspect and convinced him to let go of the female and he did,” Vega said.