Apache Junction police searching for robbery suspect

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APACHE JUNCTION -- Police in Apache Junction are turning to the public for help tracking down a man suspected of robbing one bank customer and then trying to rob a second.

Investigators have released a sketch of the suspect. The man was wearing a ski mask at the time of the incident, but during a struggle with the second victim, whose name has not been released, that mask came off.

It happened at about 7:00 Sunday morning at the Bank of America near Meridian Road and Apache Trail.

Police say the masked man approached a man who was in his car at the drive-up ATM. The suspect threatened the driver with a handgun and took the money the victim had withdrawn. The suspect then tried to take the car, but the victim drove away.

Investigators said the same suspect approached a second victim at a walk-up ATM a short time later. This time the suspect was armed with a hammer.

The suspect demanded money, but the victim fought him, pulling off his mask in the process.

The suspect ran to a dark colored minivan that was parked across the street and took off.

Police said the suspect is described as white or light-skinned Hispanic man between 20 and 30 years old. He's between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs about 150 pounds. He has short brown hair and was last seen wearing all black.

While the suspect is considered dangerous, neither victim was hurt.

If you have any information about the suspect, please contact the AJPD Criminal Investigation Division at 480-982-8620.