A cross-dressing bandit armed with a handgun attempted to rob a Mount Airy bank branch Tuesday, but fled when the bank's manager couldn't open the vault.

Dressed in Muslim women's garb - long black dress, a white jacket, and a hijab covering his head and face - the bandit brandished a dark-colored handgun when he strode into the Sovereign Bank branch at 6740 Germantown Ave., said FBI spokesman J.J. Klaver.

The bandit demanded access to the vault, but the manager told him it was locked tight. Without asking for cash from tellers, the bandit turned and left.

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