Bank Robber Takes Hostages
Police have Florida bank surrounded
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 24, 2010 9:34 AM CDT
Customers and their dogs exit a Bank of America, Thursday, July 15, 2010 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Police are surrounding a Miami-area bank where they say a robber has taken hostages. Coral Gables police say an unknown number of employees and customers were taken hostage today at a Bank of America branch near the University of Miami. Hostage negotiators are at the bank along with the FBI and the Miami-Dade County bomb squad.

The university sent an alert to students warning them to stay away from the area near the bank. Some elementary schools in the area have been locked down as a precaution but the university remains open.