Montrose bank robbed

Armed and dangerous suspect still at large

Montrose police officers search a wooded area west of Alpine Bank on Friday morning after an unidentified man brandished a gun demanding money. He reportedly left the scene on foot.



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Montrose police officers search a wooded area west of Alpine Bank on Friday morning after an unidentified man brandished a gun demanding money. He reportedly left the scene on foot.

Montrose police officers search near Alpine Bank on Friday morning after an unidentified man brandished a gun demanding money.



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Montrose police officers search near Alpine Bank on Friday morning after an unidentified man brandished a gun demanding money.

MONTROSE—A suspect described by police as armed and dangerous remained at large Friday night after robbing a Montrose bank Friday morning.

At approximately 9:20 a.m. Friday an unidentified man, wearing a mask and camouflage clothing and brandishing a gun, robbed the Alpine Bank at 1400 E. Main St.

The FBI is leading the investigation, according to Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn.

The man was described as a white man with blonde hair, probably in his 20s, 6-feet-1 to 6-feet-2-inches tall, dressed head to toe in camouflage. He was wearing sunglasses and what appeared to be a surgical mask. He was unshaven, had sideburns, and his ears were pierced.

“He did show that he had a gun,” Chinn said.

At 9:25 a.m. a panic alarm notified police, and officers arrived minutes later and began searching areas west and south of the bank. The suspect took an unspecified amount of cash and ran west from the bank.

Nearby residents of Ike’s Trailer Park said they didn’t see anything, which led officers to search wooded areas west along the banks of a small creek. The creek is between the bank and trailer park and flows under Main Street.

A police dog led officers to a wooded area a quarter-mile south of the bank, where they found clothing, according to police-radio transmissions. An officer on scene said he didn’t know if the clothing belonged to the suspect.

The police dog then led officers to the other side of the creek, into a residential neighborhood, where the scent went dead, and they began backtracking toward the woods.

Chinn said a notification system was used to alert nearby residents that the suspect was armed and could be nearby.

The suspect did not appear to be wearing gloves in bank-surveillance photos released by the Montrose Police Department.

The Police Department, Montrose County Sheriff’s Department and FBI are investigating.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call: the FBI at 303-629-7171; Montrose police, 970-252-4010; or Crime Stoppers, 720-913-7867.

People also can leave anonymous information at http://www.coloradobankrobbery.org.



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