School Official Loses $200,000 in Attack

The deputy head of the British International School was assaulted and robbed of more than $200,000 after he left a bank in western Moscow carrying a bag of cash, police said Thursday.

The school official, a 33-year-old Russian citizen, was leaving a Societe General Vostok branch on Kutuzovsky Prospekt at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was approached by two men, police spokeswoman Yulia Makartseva said.

One man punched him in the face, while the other man punched him in the arm and stole the bag he was carrying, which contained 5.62 million rubles in cash, Makartseva said.

The assailants climbed into the back seat of a Volvo idling nearby with two men waiting inside, and the four suspects raced off toward the Moscow region, she said.

The school official's driver, however, was behind the wheel of an Audi and immediately chased the Volvo after seeing the attack.

He managed to catch up with the suspects and ram the Volvo from behind. The suspects then got out of the car and smashed the driver over the head with a hammer before fleeing the scene in the Audi, having decided to ditch the Volvo, Makartseva said.

Neither the school official nor the driver, 34, suffered any serious injuries, she said.