Alleged failed bank robbery escape captured on iPhone

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by WENDY CORONA

WFAA

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 11:15 PM

CARROLLTON -- An alleged bank robber was forced out of a North Texas bank Saturday through a window, and it was all caught on tape.

Police say the man broke in while the American First National Bank on Denton Road was closed, but didn't make a clean getaway.

Patty Hamilton of Las Colinas shot video of the attempted escape on her iPhone.

"Actually, as a photographer, I wanted to get closer," Hamilton said.

Hamilton came across the scene just before 3 p.m.

"Broad daylight. Middle of the day," she said. "Middle of Dallas."

Hamilton and her husband had stopped at the neighboring bank's ATM, when "This police car just cut us off and kinda just freaked us out," she said.

That's when they noticed guns were drawn.

"It was just so surreal," she said. "So fast. So startling."

In the video, you see the alleged bank robber climbing out the broken back window. More police respond. Then the suspect surrenders and is caught.

"There was this busted-out window and guns were pulled, and we're like, 'Oh my God!  There's a bank robbery going on!'" Hamilton said.

Lots of candy wrappers were visible on the floor of the bank. Dallas police say the suspect left wrappers and his wallet on the bank's floor.

The suspect has not been identified.

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