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Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2000

Armed suspect robs bank

Lawrence investigators seek public’s help in solving case

October 19, 2000

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Investigators are asking the public's help to find a woman they say robbed a Lawrence bank Wednesday morning.

Just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said, the woman entered Firstar Bank, 2701 Iowa St., pulled a handgun and demanded cash.

After getting an unspecified amount of money, she left the bank and ran south on Iowa.

Lawrence Police Det. M.T. Brown said the suspect is a young black woman who was wearing a green jacket or shirt and blue jeans. She was carrying a backpack and may have been wearing glasses, he said.

Security cameras catch this photo of the suspect at a Lawrence bank
robbery. The photo was taken Wednesday at the Firstar Bank branch
at 2701 Iowa St.

Security cameras catch this photo of the suspect at a Lawrence bank robbery. The photo was taken Wednesday at the Firstar Bank branch at 2701 Iowa St.

To aid in their investigation, police Wednesday night released security camera images of the robbery suspect.

Brown said he didn't know the number of people inside the bank during the robbery.

Chuck Warner, president of Firstar banks in Lawrence, said the bank was closed after the robbery but will reopen today.

He said employees handled the robbery "as well as could be expected."

"Nobody got hurt," Warner said. "Our people did a great job.

"We do a lot of training to prepare for such an event, but I don't know if you understand it until you face it. (The employees) were pretty traumatized."

After the robbery, police quickly surrounded the bank with patrol cars and sealed the entrance with yellow crime tape. Plainclothes detectives entered the building wearing bulletproof vests.

A police car was parked at the nearby Sears Roebuck and Co., 2727 Iowa south of the bank but store employees said they didn't know if the suspect had fled there or if investigators looked in the store for her.

Brown said FBI agents were aiding the search.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (785) 843-8477. Callers are eligible for a cash reward and may remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not record tip calls and does not subscribe to Caller ID.

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