Armed bank robber on the loose after firing gun into ceiling, demanding money


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 8:20 PM

Map: Hayden & Via de Ventura

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Police are searching for a man who walked into a Scottsdale bank, approached a teller and fired a gun into the ceiling as he demanded cash.

It happened at about 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bank of America at Hayden Road and Via de Ventura.

Several employees and a few customers were inside the bank at the time. It's not clear how many shots were fired, but nobody was hit.

Few other details were immediately available, but Dave Pubins of the Scottsdale Police Department said the suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

Although nobody saw which way the suspect ran, aerial video from the scene should be appeared to be cash scattered in the parking lot.

Police said the suspect was wearing a black hoodie, a light ski mask and jeans. There was no mention of a getaway vehicle.

B of A bank robberInvestigators quickly released a screen capture of the armed robber from the bank's video surveillance system. The silver handgun is clearly visible in the suspect's right hand, his finger hovering near the trigger.

In addition, the mask he wore appears to have a structured nose like a Halloween or hockey mask.

While shots were fired, no injuries were reported in the course of the armed robbery.