16th May 2018 - A man robbed a bank in the capital of approximately ¥11 million (US$100,000) in cash after assailing the manager as he arrived for work early this morning, Tokyo police said.

The manager suffered what appeared to be mild injuries, including to his head. Police are searching for the robber, who escaped following the incident.

The man attacked the 50-year-old manager of Seibu Shinkin Bank’s Nishi-Ogikubo branch in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward at around 7:55 a.m., as the manager opened the service entrance, hitting him with what appeared to be a metal crowbar, according to investigators.

The thief then demanded money, forcing the manager to open a safe in the basement of the building. He grabbed some ¥11 million before fleeing the scene.

Investigators examine an area around Seibu Shinkin Bank's Nishi-Ogikubo branch in Suginami Ward this morning

Investigators examine the area around Seibu Shinkin Bank’s Nishi-Ogikubo branch in Suginami Ward this morning

There were no other people in the bank at the time, as the incident took place before business hours. A female employee who arrived immediately after the incident saw the suspect run away.

The bank manager had been going into work around the same time every day.

The robber appeared to be aged between around 30 and 40, and was about 175 to 180 centimeters tall. He was wearing a white helmet, beige work clothes and white shoes.

The crime took place in a shopping area near Nishi-Ogikubo Station on the JR Chuo Line.