BY BREAKING NEWS BLOG
Police are searching for a robbery suspect who got away from the Bank of America in The Marketplace Saturday with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Officers were called to the bank in the 9000 block of Ming Avenue for a silent robbery alarm at 12:17 p.m., a Bakersfield Police Department news release said.
A man wearing a sweatshirt, glasses and dark-colored beanie had approached a teller and demanded money. He indicating that he had a gun, though no weapon was seen, and fled on foot, according to police.
After the robbery, police could been seen inside the branch interviewing people. Confused customers approached the main entrance and were dismayed when they realized the bank was not open.
"Due to circumstances beyond our control we are temporarily closed. We apologize for the inconvenience," a sign posted on the door read.
At about 1 p.m., the customers who had been held inside the bank were allowed to leave. Rick Knight said he had walked into the building to do some banking and didn't noticed anything amiss until the doors were locked after the robbery.
"I don't think anybody saw anything. I think it was just a real smooth thing that happened," Knight said.
Police said the suspect is "a possible Hispanic" man in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 pounds, wearing a gray sweatshirt and sweatpants.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 327-7111 or Detective Ted King at 326-3553.
-- The Californian