Residents of Nyamirambo, Kigali city, yesterday foiled a bank robbery by a man using a toy pistol.
Police said the suspect (names withheld) with a mask on his face entered ECOBANK Biryogo branch with a toy pistol and a bag without being checked and ordered tellers to pack all the money in the bag.
He was, however, scared off after a cleaner of the bank screamed.
He took off leaving the 'pistol' and the bag behind before he was later arrested by residents, Police said.
The 21-year old suspect being held at Muhima Police Post is a resident of Nyamirambo.
The police Spokesperson Supt. Theos Badege cautioned the youth against criminal activities.
Commending the residents for their cooperation, Badege urged security personnel to increase vigilance and check whoever enters a bank or any other public facility.
The crime attracts between three and five years sentence if found guilty.