CHICAGO (CBS) — A bank on Taylor Street in the Little Italy district was robbed Tuesday morning, by a man who attacked an employee at the back door while wielding a box cutter.

The robbery happened just after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Washington Federal Bank branch at 1410 W. Taylor St., according to FBI spokeswoman Cynthia Yates.

A bank employee was arriving for work and opened the back door of the bank. As the employee closed the door, the man forced his way in and held the box cutter to the employee’s body, Yates said.

The robber demanded money, which he received. The amount was undetermined.

The man then fled through the back door and was last seen heading west through an alley, Yates said.

The robber was described as an African-American man about 6 feet 3 inches tall, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a neoprene mask over his face, pulled down to his nose, Yates said.

This was at least the 87th bank robbery in the Chicago metropolitan area this year, according to the FBI. In 2010, there were 181.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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