Grand Junction police hunt pot-bellied bank robber

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—Grand Junction police watch the front door of First National Bank of the Rockies, 685 Horizon Drive, after a robbery Monday. A heavyset white male robbed the bank about 2:15 p.m. and then fled with cash, but didn’t show a gun, witnesses told police. FBI agents responded with police.

Police spent much of Monday looking for a masked man who reportedly robbed First National Bank of the Rockies, 685 Horizon Drive.

The suspect was reported by witnesses to be a white male, unknown age, heavyset, with a pot belly, according to Grand Junction police radio traffic. He was wearing a dark-colored, button-up shirt, as well as a black baseball cap with white paneling on it but no logo. He also had dark pants.

The man’s face was covered by a white mask.

The robbery occurred around 2:15 p.m. Initial radio reports indicated the suspect got away with money, but didn’t show a gun.

He reportedly fled out the main doors of the bank, but it wasn’t clear the direction in which he fled or if he was on foot or had transportation.

Grand Junction police officers, who were accompanied by FBI agents, responded and briefly closed roads around the bank. A police dog was brought to the scene, focusing on an area north of the Safeway store adjacent to the bank, before efforts were suspended.


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