By Katie Nelson
Image via @purplemattfish
A man in Lujiazui was arrested last week on a charge of conveying fake harmful substances after he attempted to rob a Citibank with a pretend bomb, demanding one million yuan from bank employees.
The suspect, surnamed Pang, reportedly walked into the bank around 2pm on January 16 while wearing a mask and carrying a suitcase. He told the staff that he needed to deposit a large amount of cash and some gold bars (if this year has shown us anything, it’s that strolling about town with bags full of gold bars is not really questionable activity in China).
Apparently, barging into a bank while sporting a suspicious face mask just doesn’t cause that same fear-induced pandemonium it used to. The man was reportedly “invited” into the VIP room, where he took out a car remote and waved it to and fro, claiming that he was going to use it to set off a bomb. He then demanded one million yuan from the employees.
Upon realizing what was happening, one of the employees ran outside and called the police. The suspect was quickly apprehended, along with his “bomb” – a cement cylinder covered with clear plastic.
Pang claimed that the stunt was all a joke guys, come on. Psychiatric examinations showed that he had no history of mental illness.