Police: 2 in custody after OP bank robbed - KCTV5

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Police: 2 in custody after OP bank robbed

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

No shots were fired, but it was a scary and dangerous situation for employees trapped inside a Bank of America in Overland Park Wednesday evening.

No charges have been filed yet against the two suspected bank robbers, but the men are being held in the Johnson County jail after their capture.

Overland Park police say a pair of gunmen demanded cash and other valuables at the bank located at West 95th Street and Mission Road about 4:45 p.m., but something scared them off.

“We received information from a witness that saw them go inside. Plus an alarm sounded off, which I think is what made them flee at that point and take off on foot,” Officer Gary Mason said.

Someone in the drive-thru saw the men enter the bank wearing bandanas on their faces and called police.

But the men didn't get far. An off-duty Prairie Village police officer was driving home when the call went out. He stopped as the robbers were running from the bank and caught one of the suspects. The second was taken into custody by Overland Park and Leawood police. Both were found close to the bank.

“Officers were able to quickly take them into custody with the help of Prairie Village Police Department,” Mason said.

Shortly after police arrived on scene, Chopper5 flew over and showed police surrounding the bank and members of the tactical team behind patrol cars with their guns drawn. Mason said they had two suspects in custody at that time, but they didn't know who else might have been in the bank. Chopper5 video showed one person on the ground inside.

The two robbery suspects never took any hostages, but the customers and employees inside the bank hid, so police sent in a tactical response team.

“It was a pretty scary situation for everyone involved. I'm sure they were just waiting for police to come in and tell them it was all OK,” Mason said.

“We're just glad no one's hurt,” said bystander Catherine Salbates.

Dozens of bystanders watched the tense situation unfold.

“I was like, ‘OK, this must be bad.' Then the guys were getting out guns,” Cole Mitchelson said. “This never happens here.”

“It was definitely one of the coolest things I've ever seen slash one of the worst. You know, it's an experience,” Salbates said.

Police blocked off surrounding streets during the incident.

When police entered the bank shortly after 6 p.m., they found two people inside who appeared to have been hit with the gun by the suspects. They were taken to the hospital, but their injuries didn't appear to be serious.

KCTV5's Jeanene Kiesling contributed to this report. 

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