Robber Strikes American State Bank - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/5/04

Robber Strikes American State Bank

"She's doing okay. She's a little upset, but she's okay", LPD Sergeant John Tucker said about the bank teller.

Tense moments Wednesday afternoon for a teller as another Lubbock bank is robbed. This is the third bank robbery in town in just 30 days, and once again the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

It happened inside Albertson's at 50th and Indiana, and it was so fast and quiet, the ladies running an early voting booth right next to the bank, didn't even know about it.

Police were called to the American State Bank inside Albertson's at 12:20 Wednesday, in regards to a bank robbery. "He approached a 19-year-old female bank clerk, stated he would like to make a withdrawal. He had a wallet in his hand, he opened the wallet and it had a note in it that indicated he had a gun and demanded money," said Sergeant John Tucker.

The suspect never showed a weapon, he just got his money and fled. "An employee of the bank followed the suspect west from the parking lot, into United Market Street grocery store and observed the subject go inside the store," Sgt. Tucker said.

Police surrounded Market Street, and searched inside, but no suspect was found. "Police were here very fast, and fortunately they took a small and undetermined amount of cash and no body was hurt, and that's most important to us," says ASB Vice President Greg Jones.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30's. He stands about 5'9 and 185 pounds, with a goatee. At the time he was wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and a blue Notre Dame cap.

This is the third robbery at this particular ASB in two years, and the other bank robbery's we mentioned actually happened right across the parking lot at City Bank. Police say one of the suspects at City Bank does have a similar description.

If you have any information on any of these robberies you are of course urged to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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