The suspect taken into custody in connection with a failed robbery at a private bank in the Panadura town, had stated that he was a medical student at the Moscow University and that he resorted to robbery to find money for his fees, the Police said.
The 35-year-old suspect, who entered bank had allegedly handed to the lady cashier at the counter a bank slip written on its back that he was in possession of a revolver and that he would shoot if she raised cries or activated the alarm and robbed her of cash Rs. 500,000.
However, when he was running away with the cash a Police constable on traffic duty on the Galle Road gave chase and caught him.
Investigations revealed that he was not in possession of any weapon.
The suspect had been produced before the Panadura Magistrate and was detained for two days for further interrogation.
OIC Crimes Branch Nishantha Kumara is conducting investigations on the instructions of HQI Panadura Police Jagath Samarasinghe. (Indika Manoj Cooray)