Surprise police seek armed bank robber

Surprise police seek armed bank robber

Credit: Surprise Police Dept.

Surveillance photo of armed bank robbery suspect.

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by Dan Neligh

azfamily.com

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 5 at 5:14 PM

A man with a gun robbed a bank in Surprise Friday morning, police say.

According to Sgt. Mark Ortega of the Surprise Police Department, officers responded to an armed robbery that took place at the Credit Union West bank at the 16700 block of North Litchfield Road around 10:52 a.m.

Witnesses reported that a man entered the bank and demanded money from the teller, Ortega said in a press release. The suspect then left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. Nobody at the bank was harmed.

FBI detectives from the bank robbery task force believe the suspect was the same individual who robbed the M & I Bank at the 7500 block of West Lower Buckeye Road in Phoenix on Jan. 21, Ortega said.

Ortega said witnesses described the suspect as a "Hispanic male in his early 30's with freckles, wearing a camouflage ball cap with 'ASU' on the front, a black hooded sweat shirt and blue plaid shorts."

Police have asked that anyone with information about the suspect or the robberies contact the Surprise Police Department at (623)-222-4000 or 1-800- WITNESS.

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