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FBI said shots were fired at Carmel-by-the-Sea Chase bank robbery

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. (KION-TV) UPDATE Oct. 27, 2021 FBI released a statement on Wednesday saying shots were fired at the Chase bank robbery in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Monday.

"One gunshot was fired by a subject within the bank, but no injuries were sustained as a result of that gunshot,"The FBI San Francisco Team stated, "Two victims sustained injuries at the scene and were later treated and released from a local hospital."

According to the FBI, three masked subjects were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts, gloves and clothes. The FBI believes they took off in a Toyota 4Runner.

The three subjects are still on the loose and are considered to be armed and dangerous. Neither FBI nor Monterey County Sheriff have arrested anyone in relation to the crime.

FBI is asking people if they have any information about the bank robbery to contact the FBI San Francisco at tips.fbi.gov or call 415-553-7400 or the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. All tips will remain annonymous.

UPDATE Oct. 26, 2021 — The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Monterey County Sheriff's Office are looking for three suspects involved an armed robbery at a Chase Bank in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The Sheriff's Office says the three suspects were armed with guns when they held employees and customers at gunpoint Monday morning. This happened at the Chase Bank on Carmel Rancho Boulevard around 9:17 a.m. 

"It was a legitimate bank robbery," said Deputy Chief John Thornburg with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. "We had three suspects with guns, that held people at gunpoint and stole money from the bank. Kind of what people might see in the movies."

Multiple people were injured, however, the Sheriff's office said no shots were fired.

"Nobody was shot, but there were injuries involved with the robbery. The people that were injured were treated and and then we pretty much handed over [the investigation] to the FBI," said Thornburg.

The suspects fled the scene with cash from the bank in a red Toyota 4Runner. Thornburg says investigators believe a second vehicle is also involved.

On Tuesday, investigators were still on scene and the bank remained closed. However, the ATM outside the bank was still open. I spoke to one woman who showed up to do her banking.

"I was just gonna come in yesterday and luckily I came late because it happened just before I got here," said Linda Julian, who lives down the street. "This is awful, I can’t believe it happened here."

The FBI is leading the investigation due to the federal nature of banks, but they have not provided an update.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation of San Francisco is leading the investigation into a bank robbery that happened in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Office was able to confirm the robbery took place Monday morning at a Chase Bank in Carmel, but would not provide additional information on the incident.

The sheriff's office says the FBI is still on the scene at this time.

The FBI released a statement to KION on the incident: "The FBI is conducting a joint investigation with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office regarding a bank robbery that occurred this morning between approximately 9:20 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. in the 26000 block of Carmel Rancho Boulevard in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The FBI's Evidence Response Team is responding to the scene. This is an ongoing investigation."

No other information was provided.

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