Lubbock police thwart robbery at Wells Fargo bank - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock police thwart robbery at Wells Fargo bank

Police arrested Allen Azaryan, 40, outside Wells Fargo bank. (John Berry/KCBD) Police arrested Allen Azaryan, 40, outside Wells Fargo bank. (John Berry/KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock police have charged a suspect with robbery after an incident that occurred at the downtown Wells Fargo location shortly before 3 p.m.

Police say Allen Azaryan, 40, walked into the bank and handed the teller a note. The teller then handed him an undisclosed amount of money in a bank bag.

Azaryan then walked out of the building. A police officer who was in line a few rows down was told what had just happened. The officer chased the suspect outside, took him down at gunpoint and placed him in custody.

"He was not in normal uniform," LPD Public Information Officer Jonathan Stewart said. "He works in our ID sections, but he was wearing a badge and a gun and a shirt did identify him as LPD, so apparently the subject just didn't notice him there."

Azaryan is being charged with Robbery.

Police say no weapon was used during the robbery.

Bank robberies aren't typical. Police say it's been almost a year since the last one - a robbery at Lubbock National Bank that also involved a suspect handing the teller a note. That man was caught a few days later.

"Worked out very well," Stewart said. "Good timing. Just one of those things. Very fortuitous that the officer happened to be right there."

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