Attempted Bank Robbery Suspect Sparks S. Topeka Wal-Mart Bomb Scare

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- The search for a person who tried to hold up a bank shut down the south Topeka Wal-Mart Thursday evening.

Events started unfolding just before 5:30pm before with the call someone tried to rob the Capital Federal Savings at 29th and South Kansas Ave.

Topeka Police Lt. Chris Heaven says the suspect was driving a car reported stolen from Minnesota. He says the suspect drove to the Wal-Mart on SW 37th, just west of S. Topeka Blvd.

Heaven says while officers were taking him into custody, he told them he had a bomb in his car and that he had placed a bomb in the Carlson Federal Building in downtown Topeka.

The Wal-Mart was put on lockdown as a precaution and federal authorities were notified to do a search of the Carlson Building.

Several people told 13 News no one was allowed in or out of the store. Michael Baldwin, who was inside, says he was allowed to leave after about a half hour, but people still weren't allowed to their vehicles.

By that time, the Topeka Police bomb robot was on scene. They determined everything was safe.

Officials cleared the scene just after 11:00 p.m.

Law officials continue to investigate the incidents.

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