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Calif. Police Surround Robbed Bank

January 29, 2002

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) _ Police surrounded a bank Tuesday as a robbery suspect remained inside with at least two hostages.

It was not immediately known whether the suspect was armed or if there were any injuries. The number of employees inside was not known, but there were more than two, Alhambra Police Lt. Robert Smith said.

``They’re trying to arrange a hostage negotiation conversation with him,″ Smith said.

Police were called to the scene at Cathay Bank in Alhambra around 9:25 a.m., Smith said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department dispatched a SWAT team to the scene.

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