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January 13th, 2009
Police seek help in bank robber hunt

San Marcos police are asking for assistance from the public as they investigate a Monday morning bank robbery on the 2200 block of Hunter Road.

An armed suspect accosted an employee of the American National Bank as the employee arrived at about 6:45 a.m. Monday. The suspect forced the employee into the bank at gunpoint, according to San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Commander Terry Nichols.

The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot. He was last seen running into the wooded area directly in front of the bank.

“We are asking for anyone who may have seen something suspicious early Monday morning in the area of Stagecoach Drive and Hunter Road to give us a call,” Nichols said. “We believe the suspect fled in an unknown type of vehicle and someone on their way to work or dropping children off at one of the area schools may have seen something out of the ordinary.”

The suspect is described as a white male of thin build in his mid 20’s, wearing a ski mask type hood with eye and mouth holes, a black jacket, blue jeans, black gloves and white running shoes. The suspect was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.

Maria Hernandez Elementary School and Doris Miller Junior High were briefly locked down as a safety precaution while police conducted a search of the area.

The SMPD’s Criminal Investigation Division is coordinating the investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Police are asking anyone with information to call the SMPD at (512) 753-2300 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 353-TIPS.

One of the bank surveillance cameras caught this shot of a man who fled on foot after robbing the American National Bank early Monday morning.

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