Douglasville police work to identify masked bank robbery suspect

5:21 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Douglasville Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed Bank of the Ozarks on Tuesday afternoon. 

The suspect entered the bank around 2:45 p.m. wearing a dark blue jacket, red pants, work boots and light blue gloves. A full mask covered his face and disguised him as an elderly white man.

Police said the suspect threatened the people in the bank that he was carrying a handgun, but he never showed it while he was inside the business.

Victims and a witness from the robbery described the suspect as a black male, standing 5'08" - 5'10" tall, having a medium build and between 25 - 45 years old.

The suspect fled the bank, located on Chapel Hill Road, and went to the fence behind the shopping center. A witness said the suspect scaled the fence, and hurried away through bushes. During an investigation, detectives found a path that led from behind a fence line of the bank toward the interstate that had been cleared before the robbery was committed.

There was a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area, on Starboard Court, off Timber Ridge Drive, adjacent to where the path had been made. The vehicle was said to have been parked there around the time when the robbery occurred.

A resident told detectives that a single black male had driven up to an empty house, which was for rent, around 3:30 p.m. The vehicle was a white Kia Soul. The resident said the man sat in the car, looking at the house.

The resident also said the man left just before he started to hear sirens that were believed to be responding to the robbery. The tag number on the car was not recorded.

The vehicle may be in connection with the robbery, and used as the getaway vehicle. Detectives are studying evidence and working to identify the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the bank robbery or the suspect is asked to call Detective Clinton Ratliff at (678) 486-1245.


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