Police: Man robbed 2 Phoenix banks Wednesday morning


by Mike Gertzman


Posted on May 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Updated Monday, May 26 at 12:24 PM

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PHOENIX -- Police are searching for a man who they say likely robbed two banks on Wednesday morning.

The first robbery occurred at 8:30 at the BMO Harris Bank at 4835 E Warner Rd in Ahwatukee.

Police said the suspect became violent and jumped up on the counter. He was allegedly threatening two female bank employees when a male employee confronted him as he demanded money.

"The male worker inside the bank believed that...the suspect was going to harm one of the females that was behind the bank and he intervened at that point," said Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.

The suspect did not get any money but did end up with a cut on his head.

"The individual that we are looking for from that robbery appears to be from the surveillance photographs a dark-skinned white male," said Sgt. Crump.

He is 30 to 45 years old, with a medium build and close-cut hair. He was wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants, white tennis shoes, and white socks.

The second robbery was three miles away at approximately 10:30 at the Midfirst Bank at 4750 East Chandler Boulevard.

Police believe the suspect changed his clothes and was wearing a hat and a bandanna in the second robbery. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police said he was belligerent during the second robbery.

Police also said they found blood, likely from the suspect's head injury, at an apartment complex in the area. Police believe the suspect was hiding at the complex.

More information as it becomes available