Chico bank briefly evacuated after woman demands money

Feb 18, 2014 1:29 PM

(UPDATE) 12:29 p.m.- A woman who caused a disturbance at the U.S. Bank near downtown Chico this morning has been taken to Butte County Behavioral Health after she demanded money from one of the bank tellers. Responding officers with the Chico Police Department told our reporter the woman has a history of mental illness.

According to responding officers, the woman reportedly thought she had more money in her account than she actually did. The woman then became upset and began screaming at bank employees. Her actions prompted employees to initiate the bank’s silent robbery alarm and soon after Chico Police officers responded to the bank.

No injuries were reported and no weapons were found on the woman’s person. The bank was briefly evacuated for roughly 15 minutes.

A woman has been detained at the U.S. Bank at 260 E. 2nd Street in Chico after she reportedly entered the bank and demanded money. The woman also reportedly refused to leave the bank until she was given the money.

The incident began just before 11:15 a.m. this morning when a woman entered the bank and demanded money from one of the tellers. Initial scanner reports indicated no weapons were seen or mentioned by any of the bank’s employees but the woman was reportedly wearing a brown backpack.

Employees with the bank exited through a back door at approximately 11:20 a.m. as one of the employees remained with the woman.

Scanner reports indicate the woman was taken into custody without incident at 11:25 a.m. Police are still clearing the scene.

We are working to gather more information and will provide updates throughout the day.


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