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Police: Bank robber holds gun to head of 87-year-old Army veteran

Bank robber holds gun to head of 87-year-old veteran

PHILADELPHIA - Police are hoping their release Tuesday of some dramatic surveillance video will help them take a brazen bank robber off the streets.

The daring holdup was captured on camera at the 3rd Federal Bank branch in the 4600 block of Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia at approximately 9 a.m. last Tuesday.

The robber demanded cash from tellers while holding a handgun to the head of a bank customer, identified by police as an 87-year-old U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War.

After collecting cash in an orange bag, the robber ran out of the bank, last seen heading southwest on Paul Street toward Orthodox, police said.

The robber is described as a black man in his 20s to early 30s, approximately 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a slim build. He wore a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with a white Nike "swoosh" logo on the left chest and a dark-colored baseball cap.

The man should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. Anyone with information about the robber of the holdup is urged to call the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Philadelphia Police Department.

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