SHANGHAI, China (CNN/CCTV) – Customers and a security guard took control of a man who intended to rob a bank in Shanghai, China.
The man had a kitchen knife Thursday and followed a woman to a bank counter in an outlet of the China Construction Bank in Hongkou District.
“The customers usually go and get a sequence number after entering the bank. But the man did not, and instead, he made a phone call all the way,” said Liu Dequn, a security guard of the bank.
The woman at the counter immediately walked away when she realized what was happening. Meanwhile, a customer and the security guards in the bank rushed over and subdued him.
“There were some customers, including elder people in the banking hall, worried that he might hurt them. I took down the knife first,” said customer Liu Honggen.
Police rushed to the bank and took the man to a police station.
Authorities say the man might be mentally ill, and officials are examining his mental state.
The case is still under investigation.