Photos by C.J. Salgado
L.A. Now reports that “several hundred people” were evacuated this morning in East Los Angeles after a Bank of America branch at Atlantic Boulevard and St. Louis Place was robbed by two suspects who kidnapped the bank manager and forced her to take money out of the vault. The suspects strapped what appeared to be a pipe bomb to the branch manager, who walked into the bank vault and came out with cash that she tossed out a back door to the robbers, who fled the scene, according to L.A. Now.
C.J. Salgado of East Los Angeles snapped photos of the scene as authorities blocked off busy Atlantic Boulevard. “It was crazy… kidnapping, explosives, and traffic messed up for hours due to heavy police presence,” said Salgado via email. “I was just there [at the branch] yesterday morning.”