Tense Moments: Bank Robbery Suspect Thought to Be Wired With Explosives in Salt Lake City

Police sent in a robot to detonate and cut off a vest, which looked like it may have had explosives.
1:07 | 01/22/15

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tonight here to that heist in the west. The S.W.A.T. Team on the scene. ABC's Brandi Hitt with the robot they sent in. Reporter: Tense moments tonight. A bank robbery suspect captured in Salt Lake City, lying on the ground, handcuffed. When officers realized wires were coming out of his vest. They just said he's holding very, very, very still. Reporter: Police on edge, fearing he might be wearing an explosive vest, backing away. Evacuating the entire block. Snipers with rifles perched overhead. The bomb squad moving in. They're sending the robot out now to cut the vest off the guy. Reporter: A delicate and successful three-hour operation, with what they call the hazardous device unit robot. The suspect was taken into custody. It's not the first time a bank robbery has turn into a potentially explosive situation. In 2003, pizza delivery man Brian wells claimed a man forced him to rob a Pennsylvania bank with a bomb strapped to his neck. It later exploded, killing him. Late tonight, Salt Lake City police say this vest was a hoax and no bomb ever existed. Brandi Hitt, ABC news, los Angeles.

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