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3 charged in LA-area bank robbery; assistant bank manager was suspect's girlfriend

A man has been charged with a Los Angeles-area bank robbery in which his girlfriend — an assistant bank manager — reported being kidnapped and forced to wear what she thought was a bomb strapped to her midsection.

Authorities said Monday that Reyes "Ray" Vega and two others were charged with bank robbery and other felony counts.

The assistant manager, who has not been charged, said she was abducted last September and two robbers forced her to wear what she thought was a bomb. Authorities say she went to work, took a large amount of cash and tossed it outside.

Masked gunmen fled with the cash and a bomb squad determined the device was not a real bomb.

Vega is expected to appear in federal court in Atlanta sometime Monday.

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