Man tries to rob bank using a cleaver

The man had a kitchen knife and followed a woman to a bank counter (CNN/CCTV)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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