Citizens Bank employees slam the door on robbery attempt

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A bank robbery suspect walked away from a Citizens Bank branch in Lawrenceville not only empty-handed Thursday morning, but in handcuffs with cuts on his arms.

Minutes after a branch at 4112 Butler St. opened at 9 a.m., Brandon Massie, 27, of McKees Rocks walked up to a teller holding a black plastic bag demanding money, Pittsburgh police said.

The teller complied with Mr. Massie's demands to "gimme the money" by handing him an undisclosed sum. But one of the employees wasn't as obedient to the commands of "don't push nothing."

As he attempted to flee, an employee tripped the building's security doors trapping him between a set of thick glass paneled doors at the front of the bank.

In attempting to escape before police arrived, he thrashed against the glass, leaving a spiderweb of cracked glass panels with spots of blood on the doors and the ground from lacerations to his hands and elbows. Zone 2 police arrested Mr. Massie and took him to UPMC Mercy, where he was treated for his injuries. His cell phone and a set of keys were found at the bank.

He faces charges of robbery and was being held in Allegheny County Jail on $25,000 bond Thursday night.


Taryn Luna: or 412-263-1985. First Published September 6, 2012 1:45 PM


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