Police have no suspect in Pasco bank robbery

By the Herald staffMay 2, 2013 

Police have yet to identify a suspect in Wednesday's bank robbery in Pasco that shut down a portion of the city and caused nearby schools to lock their doors.

"The information we have is limited right now," police Capt. Jim Raymond said Thursday.

Police believe the suspect slipped out the back of the bank as officers started to surround the area, Raymond said.

"In general, we have not received any new info," he said.

The FBI is helping with the case and authorities believe the suspect's disguise has not been used in other bank robberies, Raymond said.

Police responded to the bank at 1115 W. Clark St. after getting a call at 9:37 a.m. from a person passing by the bank.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Benton and Franklin counties, along with the Tri-Cities Regional SWAT team and FBI officials, surrounded the bank assuming the suspect still was inside.

The SWAT team later searched the bank after evacuating employees and customers and found no one.

However, the suspect got away with no money, leaving behind a messenger-style bag with cash from the bank. Though police say they have little to go on, they will continue to work with the FBI on the case, said Raymond.

The suspect is described as being 6 feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds.

Anyone with information on the robbery should call the Pasco Police Department at 509-545-3421.

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