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Suspect escapes Pacific Beach bank robbery

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Cash from an exploded dye pack was located near the Chase Bank branch after a robbery Wednesday. Cash from an exploded dye pack was located near the Chase Bank branch after a robbery Wednesday.

(CNS) - A gunman wearing a ski mask robbed a bank in Pacific Beach today, fleeing with cash that included a dye pack which later exploded on him, police said.

The robbery at the Chase Bank branch office at 4650 Mission Bay Drive was reported at 9:12 a.m., according to San Diego police.

The gunman was armed with a long-barreled weapon, possibly a rifle or shotgun, SDPD Det. Gary Hassen said.

Before fleeing the bank, the gunman forced employees into a cash vault, he said, adding that no one was hurt.

A witness saw the robber as he was fleeing attempt to stuff the loot in his pant's pockets, at which time a dye pack exploded, covering the man in red ink, according to Hassen.

Police described him as black, 5 feet 9 to 6 foot tall, with a thin build. He also reportedly wore a black and green jacket, light-colored jeans and a black baseball cap.

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