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Gun-wielding robber escapes with cash taken from Calexico bank

July 26, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A lone gunman walked into the Bank of America here in the middle of the day Wednesday, demanded money from a teller and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The bank robbery occurred after a man entered the Bank of America at 37 E. 2nd St. shortly before 2 p.m. The man entered through the bank's south entrance and stood in line, waiting for a teller.

When he walked up to a teller, he handed her a note and showed her his handgun.

He spoke to her in Spanish, according to Bob Sellers, local supervisory senior resident agent for the FBI. Sellers declined to say what the man said to the teller.

Sellers said the teller did what she was supposed to do in handing over an undisclosed amount of money to the robber.

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Cash in hand, the bandit fled the bank through the south entrance.

The man was described as Hispanic, 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet 8 tall to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a stocky build.

Sellers said the man had dark eyes, was unshaven and was wearing a baseball cap with brown and gold lettering, a vertical-stripped, long-sleeved shirt, light-colored trousers, and a dark belt. The man was carrying a shoulder bag

Sellers said the FBI and Calexico Police Department will try to follow any leads in the case.

He asked that anyone with information about the case contact the local FBI office at 353-4743, the FBI in San Diego at (858) 565-1255 or Calexico police at 768-2140.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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