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Charlottesville police looking for suspect in Tuesday bank robbery

Charlottesville police are still looking for a suspect in a reported armed robbery Tuesday at Atlantic Union Bank on Barracks Road.

Officers responded to the 2100 block of Barracks Road at 12:59 p.m., according to a news release from the Charlottesville Police Department.

The suspect brandished a firearm at the teller and fled with an undisclosed sum of cash, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

Police described the suspect as a “heavily clothed” light-skinned black male or white male wearing glasses, gloves, a ski mask, and a hooded jacket pulled tightly around his face.

He departed the bank in a stolen red Jeep Cherokee, police said, which was recovered at the Hessian Hills apartment complex.

The search for the suspect was ongoing by press time, according to city police spokesman Tyler Hawn.

Officers filled the Hessian Hills complex Tuesday afternoon, blocking off all entrances with their vehicles and yellow tape. Though the complex is densely populated, the grounds were empty as officers searched. Police said they also planned to interview residents in hopes someone may have seen the suspect.

Charlotteville Chief of Police RaShall Brackney said at a news conference that camera footage is being pulled from along the route from the bank to the complex, and bloodhounds were searching the area.

Because of the suspect’s attire, Brackney said, police were not immediately able to determine clear identifying details. Video evidence is being studied in hopes of determining an approximate height and weight of the suspect, she said. The suspect used a handgun, she said, a weapon small enough to be easily concealed.

“We are asking that if anyone does have information to please let us know,” she said. “We do know that person was armed, so we ask that you take caution and not approach the individual, and to call your local law enforcement authorities.”

Because the robbery took place in the city and the vehicle was abandoned in Albemarle County, Charlottesville police are working alongside the FBI and the county police department in the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call CPD at 434-978-3280 or Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.


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