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Delivery Driver Had Cane That Could Fire Like a Gun

Aired September 4, 2003 - 19:05   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We move on now.
Investigators are still unraveling clues surrounding last week's bizarre bank robbery in Erie, Pennsylvania. The alleged robber entered the bank with a bomb clamped around his neck. He claimed he was forced to rob the bank, but the bomb exploded, killing the man before he could completely explain.

Our Mike Brooks is following the case, and he has the latest from Erie.

Mike, good evening.

MIKE BROOKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good evening, Daryn.

The odd weapon found after a pizza deliveryman died in this still unsolved bank robbery is now being described as being shaped like a walking cane, one that is capable of being fired like a gun.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

BROOKS (voice-over): The weapon was recovered from Brian Wells' small Geo car. He apparently did not take it with him inside the bank. Wells told police someone had put a bomb around his neck and forced him to rob the bank.

It has been a week since Wells died in the bomb blast and the FBI still does not know whether there is some mysterious mastermind out there who is behind all this or whether Wells might have made up the whole plot himself.

Wells' neighbors doubt that.

LINDA PAYNE, WELLS' LANDLADY: He was laid back. He didn't want a whole lot of things. He didn't have a whole lot of things. All he really needed was a car to deliver pizzas with and a couple of CDs.

BROOKS: Wells, 46 years old, lived with his three cats in this small house in Erie, Pennsylvania. He spent his time working on old cars. His house was filled with auto parts, but apparently not the kind of tools to fashion this kind of crime.

(on camera) Can you imagine him doing this by himself?

PAYNE: No, not at all. He would not -- he would not be interested in doing it himself. He would not be interested in robbing a bank. He would not be interested in making a bomb. It was done to him. He was a victim.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

BROOKS: The FBI says they're running down numerous leads in this case. They may hold another press conference tomorrow or sometime this weekend -- Daryn.

KAGAN: All right. We'll look forward to that, Mike. Thank you for the latest from Erie.

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