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ARMED MAN, WOMAN ROB GLENDALE BANK BRANCH, ATTACK GUARD AND WORKER.

Byline: Lee Condon Daily News Staff Writer

A security guard and a bank employee were pistol-whipped during a takeover robbery at a Bank of America branch Wednesday morning, the latest and most violent in a string of 11 local bank robberies in the past three months.

"It's obviously getting more serious and more violent. Now we have a major concern about the safety and well-being of employees," said Chahe Keuroghelian, a Glendale police spokesman. "It is unusual to have this many in a very short period of time. It's definitely a real concern."

Police said a man and woman robbed the Bank of America, 6400 San Fernando Road, about 10 a.m. Wednesday. After entering through the back door, the man pistol-whipped a bank security guard and a female Bank of America employee. The gunman then ordered the bank's occupants to the floor.

His accomplice then approached a teller, demanding cash. As she complied, the gunman shot a hole through a window over the bank's front door.

The pair then ran out the back door.

Both the security guard, who works for American Protective Services, and the Bank of America employee were taken to a local hospital, treated for their injuries and released just a few hours after the incident.

Bank of America is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the couple's arrest and conviction.

There have been 11 bank robberies since October in Glendale.
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Date:Jan 11, 1996
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