Police in Arlington, Tex., released the terrifying surveillance video of an armed robbery suspect who walked up to a 21-year-old woman at a drive-through ATM, forced her into the trunk of her car and then drove off, taking the victim to several other banks, where she was forced to withdraw even more money.
It’s a scenario that most people who use ATMs fear. And cameras — which are now ubiquitous around banks — are supposed to discourage would-be criminals, or at least help police catch them afterward.
In this case, the man appeared to be aware that he was being recorded: At one point, he looked directly into the surveillance camera, exposing his face. But he drove away with a woman locked in the trunk of her brand new Kia anyway.
That woman — whom police have not identified — called 9-1-1 in the early morning of Jan. 14 to report that she had just escaped after a harrowing ordeal, according to the Arlington Police Department.
The man approached her vehicle at around 1:30 a.m at a Wells Fargo drive-through, pointed a gun in her face and ordered her into the back of the car. He drove around from ATM to ATM, ordering the victim to take money out of her account each time, according to police.
When he stopped the car and walked away, she was able to pull the emergency escape lever and run for help. The robber was able to flee in the car; but when police found the vehicle later, he was gone.
Arlington police suspect that the same man robbed another person — an adult male — at a walk-up ATM later that night. They are asking the public for information about the suspect’s whereabouts.