FBI seeks help locating person of interest in Phoenix armored car robbery

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PHOENIX – The FBI and the Phoenix Police Department are asking for the public's help locating a person of interest who may have been involved with an armored car robbery in April.

According to police, two Garda armored car employees were transferring money at a Wells Fargo Bank ATM near Glendale Avenue and Seventh Street at around 9:30 a.m. on April 25 when two men approached and demanded money.

One of the guards opened fire and shot Lonnie Smith. He later died from his injuries.

The other suspect escaped.

Witnesses saw a black male in his 20s, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and 180 pounds running from the scene. A person matching this description was caught on video surveillance with Smith prior to the robbery and is considered a person of interest.

A video surveillance image shows a black sedan, possibly an older model Lincoln Town Car or Mercedes, near the Wells Fargo Bank a few minutes before the robbery. The driver of this vehicle is also a person of interest.

The FBI released the images of the sedan and two suspects on Tuesday.

A cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in this investigation.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the FBI at 623-466-1999 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.


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