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Stabbing, Bank Robbery

By Teresa Rochester

A man made off with an undisclosed amount of money Monday afternoon after he threatened employees and customers at Century Federal Bank in Santa Monica with a bomb, police officials said.

The man entered the bank at 501 Santa Monica Blvd. at approximately 2 p.m. with a package he said contained a bomb, Santa Monica Police Department spokesman Lt. Gary Gallinot said.

The man fled the bank with the money, leaving the package behind. The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department bomb squad, located in the city of Whittier, arrived at the bank at approximately 3:20 p.m. The bomb squad x-rayed the package and found that it was not a bomb.

No one was hurt in the robbery, Gallinot said.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, with a thin build, approximately 5'9 and appeared to be in his thirties.

Also on Tuesday, an unidentified man was recovering at a local hospital from multiple stab wounds to the torso and chest, police officials said.

The man was stabbed numerous times on the 900 block of 7th Street by an assailant around 10:20 Monday night, Gallinot said.

Gallinot said the man's injuries are not life threatening. He is being treated at UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

The suspect is described as a white male of medium build between 5'9 and 6 feet tall, with blond hair. He appeared to be in his thirties.

The police do not have a description for a second suspect. Both suspects were last seen walking down Washington Avenue.

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