A Dallas bank teller will recover after police said a 17-year-old bank robber shot her Saturday morning. Investigators said the teen started shooting even before setting foot inside the Chase Bank at Lovers Lane and Inwood.
"He was firing rounds through the glass door before he even entered. He didn't even try to open the glass door," said Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse of the Dallas police.
The broken glass to the front door of the Chase Bank was only the beginning.
"He approached one of the female tellers," said Janse. "He demanded cash from her and as she was trying to back away from the cash register he fired several rounds at her. In doing so he did strike her in the left hand."
Paramedics took the woman to Parkland Hospital for treatment. Soon after, police turned their focus to finding the robber. Both police helicopters and officers on the ground searched the area for the suspect. After he took an undisclosed amount of money, police say the man tried to escape in an awaiting get away van, but decided against it once he heard police sirens.
"He jumped over a wall and fled on foot and he went down and alley," said Janse.
The teen didn't get far. The SWAT team surrounded him on the 4500 block of Hopkins in Dallas, along with two other suspects police said drove the get away van from the scene. Police said those two called 911, saying they had been kidnapped and were being held against their will. Officers said they used the robber's story to lure them out of the home on Hopkins and into police custody.
"The minor was still in the van. The two other suspects were inside the house."
The gun wielding suspect turned out to be just 17 years old. Now he and his two adult accomplices are in jail.
"There's always officers in this area. You know, they picked the wrong bank to rob this morning," said Janse.