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Bank employee held hostage, forced to rob credit union

Two men held a woman and her relative hostage inside a home for more than four hours before driving her to rob a Fort Wayne Credit Union Wednesday night, city police said.

At approximately 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Wayne police officers responded to a call about a robbery at the Pinnacle Credit Union branch at 3425 Hobson Road.

Officers found a woman, who identified herself as a bank employee, inside the bank, said John Chambers, a Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman.

The woman told police when she arrived home at about 5:15 p.m., a man with a gun forced her inside her house and bound her hands.

The man told her that she would wait with him inside the home until dark, when they would drive to the credit union so he could get some money, Chambers said.

A while later, a relative of the woman arrived at the home, police said.

The man tied the relative's hands and held them inside the home with the bank employee.

Eventually, a second man arrived at the home to join the first robber.

At about 9 p.m., the two men drove the woman and her relative to the credit union.

Once they arrived, one of the men and the bank employee went inside the bank while the second employee and the woman's relative waited in the car.

After stealing an unknown amount of cash, both men fled from the scene, Chambers said. It was not known whether the two men fled on foot or had a getaway car waiting.

Full descriptions of the robbers were not available Wednesday night.

Chambers said it did not appear the two men knew the bank employee.

jcrothers@jg.net

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