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Arizona authorities respond to bank hostage call

PHOENIX Police and the FBI are investigating a hostage situation that was called in from a Bank of America branch in Phoenix.

FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson says employees arrived at the bank near 48th Street and Ray Road on Saturday morning to find a co-worker with some kind of device around her neck.

Bomb squad personnel were able to remove the device, but Johnson says it's wasn't immediately clear whether it was an explosive.

Authorities say the bank employee was taken hostage by a man and was taken to the bank around 8:30 a.m. The man left the bank by the time the other employees arrived. Johnson says it's not clear whether any money was stolen.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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