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Doral bank robbery suspect claims he's a member of ISIS, police say

Police say Terry Meach claimed he left bomb at bank


DORAL, Fla. – A man was arrested Thursday morning shortly after he robbed a Chase Bank branch in Doral, police said.

According to authorities, Terry Meach threw the money into the air and told Doral police officers that he left a package at the bank at 9785 NW 41st St. that contained a bomb.

Police evacuated the building, and Miami-Dade police's bomb squad was called in to inspect the package.

According to the authorities, two beer cans were found inside the package that was wrapped in a plastic grocery bag, which contained no explosives.

Authorities said Meach was the first person to enter the bank Thursday morning after employees. They said he approached a teller and demanded $60,000, claiming he was a member of the Islamic State group and that he had a bomb on him.

Police said the teller handed Meach the money, and he ran off.

Meach was found by Doral police nearby at Northwest 97th Avenue and 41st Street.

No injuries were reported during the robbery.

Traffic was shut down on Northwest 41st Street for a short time after the robbery and nearby businesses were evacuated as a precaution.

Doral police spokeswoman Natalie French said Doral police are investigating the robbery in conjunction with the FBI.

Local 10 News learned that Meach is a two-time convicted bank robber who was released from jail two weeks ago.

French said MDPD Homeland Security Bureau investigators also responded to the scene because of the ISIS threat, but authorities do not believe the threat is credible.


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