Man demands money from bank in ISIS’ name; threatens to explode bomb

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 17:54 by Denis Chabrol

A man has been arrested and is undergoing psychiatric evaluation after he entered a city commercial bank and demanded Gyd $10 million  in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS) or he would detonate a bomb he claimed he was carrying, police said.

Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum said a knife and documents were found in a bag that the man was carrying.

Blanhum declined to name the bank. However, usually reliable sources said the incident occurred at the Regent Street branch of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI).

The man was arrested by the bank's security guards and handed over to police.

Blanhum said police were also trying to ascertain whether the man was a deportee.

The incident occurred at about 9:25 Tuesday morning when the man approached a manager. "He told the manager that he wanted money or he would blow up the bank," Blanhum said.

The police officer further related that the man displayed a piece of paper which had the caption ISIS and stated "There is a bomb in the bank. Give us 10 million dollars or we will all die."

Bomb experts found a knife and documents in the bag that was in possession of the identifiable man.