Man still sought in robbery of credit union

Paul Clement was just trying to make a deposit at his bank Tuesday night when he nearly ran over a man with his car.

“I just said to my girlfriend, ‘That looks like a bank robber,’ ” Clement said of a man in a black, hooded sweatshirt and black ski mask leaving Great American Community Credit Union.

It turns out Clement was right.

At about 5 p.m., the Grand Junction Police Department received a report that the bank at 1156 Hill Ave. had been robbed. It’s unclear whether the man who robbed the bank threatened a bank teller with a weapon, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said. The robber fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, she said.

Minutes after police arrived on the scene, they surrounded an apartment complex on 11th Street between Teller Avenue and Belford Avenue. As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, police had not arrested a suspect.

Police described the suspect as a white man in his 30s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds and with a couple days growth of brown facial hair. 

Clement said he arrived at the bank to make a deposit, but after seeing the man leaving, he asked a teller whether the bank had been robbed. A teller said it had. Clement and his girlfriend then followed the suspect, watching him from their vehicle at a distance.

Clement said he watched the man walk west down an alley and discard the sweatshirt and the mask into a Dumpster. The man, who had bleached-blond to white hair and was wearing a green shirt with a white stripe, then walked into the apartment complex, Clement said.

Police took a statement from Clement, and he thought they used the information to search the complex. Clement said he would be pleased if his information helped police solve the crime.

Clement has been banking at the credit union for about five years and is familiar with the employees who work there.

“I wish I would have ran him over and pinned him against the fence,” he said. “I hope they find him soon. I don’t care how desperate you are, there’s no reason for doing that.”


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