Man threatens Fruita bank with bomb

Fruita authorities are looking for a man who robbed a bank Wednesday after threatening to detonate a bomb.

Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo said the suspect walked into a branch of US Bank, 412 Kokopelli Blvd., at 3:45 p.m. and verbally demanded money from bank employees, claiming he had a remote- control bomb outside the bank. The man was given an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled the bank on foot along the Interstate 70 frontage road, Angelo said.

Nobody was injured in the robbery, and no bomb was found inside or outside the bank, Angelo said.

Angelo said police have not determined whether the man worked with others or stashed a getaway car in the area.

Police reviewed surveillance video from cameras inside the bank and are optimistic a photo of the suspect will be captured off the video, Angelo said.

The suspect has been described as white, about 6 feet tall, heavyset and probably in his 30s, Angelo said. The man was last seen wearing a white mask and a dark hooded-style sweatshirt that had a light-colored circle symbol on the front. The suspect had a duffel bag with a long strap and two-toned dirt-bike gloves.

Anyone with information about the man or robbery should call Mesa County Crime Stoppers, 241-STOP, or dispatch, 970-242-6707.


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