Man tries to rob bank using a cleaver

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.

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