Fairbanks police search for bank robbery suspect

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police were searching for a man who robbed a branch of the First National Bank Alaska Tuesday afternoon.

A man entered the bank at about 5:35 p.m., walked up to a teller and demanded cash, said Fairbanks Police Lt. Dusty Johnson.

The man was in possession of a handgun but did not brandish it or point it at anyone, Johnson said.

The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash and he fled.

Johnson described the suspect as a black man of medium-height with short hair, glasses, a blue shirt and black jeans. The man did not wear any sort of mask or otherwise obscure his face during the crime, which Johnson said probably lasted less than a minute.

Johnson said there were several eyewitnesses in the bank, though no one saw the suspect after he left the bank.

A red Ford Bronco with a tan stripe was spotted in the area and police have reason to believe it may be connected to the crime. ''We've looked all over town (for the suspect), and we continue to look for this Bronco as well,'' said Johnson.

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