Taipei police have arrested a man who attempted unsuccessfully to rob a Taipei branch of Standard Chartered Bank with a knife before fleeing.
The man, identified only by his surname Huang, was nabbed Thursday night at the restaurant where he worked after attempting the robbery on Wednesday, the Taipei City Police Department's Zhongshan Precinct said Friday.
During questioning, Huang said he was driven to attempt the robbery because of an accumulation of debts, police said.
Huang's attempted robbery of the bank at the intersection of Fuxing North Road and Minchuan East Road occurred on Dec. 7 at around 3 p.m.
After entering the branch, Huang attacked a security guard with pepper spray before drawing a knife out of his bag and waving it as he headed to a bank counter to have a clerk hand over cash.
During the stir Huang caused, bank clerks set off the alarm, scaring off the robber, the police said.
By the time police officers arrived at the scene, Huang had already fled, leaving forensic officers to collect evidence and video footage.
A manhunt was then launched, the police said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel