[UPDATE] Bank Robber in Quincy Still on the Loose

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UPDATE 12-9-2010 by Jerry Askin 6:10pm

Quincy police are still on the hunt for the person who robbed the Bank of America on West Jefferson Street Wednesday morning.

Quincy police say the suspect is a black man, about 160 pounds, about 5'8 and was last seen wearing a black hoodie with blue jeans.

Police want anyone with information to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (850) 891-8477.
UPDATE 12-8-2010 by Jerry Askin 6:30pm

Quincy Police are still searching for a man who officials say robbed the Bank of America on West Jefferson Street, causing schools in the area to go on lockdown for almost two hours Wednesday morning.

It was just an average Wednesday morning at the Bank of America on West Jefferson Street in Quincy - that was until 9:30 Wednesday morning when everything changed.

Bank customer Crystal Jones says, "I was surprised basically that the bank was robbed. A bank being robbed here in Gadsden County is kind of scary a little bit."

Police say the suspect got away with an unknown amount of cash and ran to a nearby neighborhood before they arrived on scene. Quincy Police immediately set up a tight perimeter with K-9 units and Gadsden County sheriff deputies in the county to catch the suspect.

Bank customer Robin Hasting says, "Crime happens everywhere, but there's no reason for theft. I don't care how hard things get."

Many folks say the bank robbery in Quincy was a shock to them and now local law enforcement want residents to know they can count on them for their safety this holiday season.

Quincy Chief of Police Gerald McSwain says, "We do have a strategy in place throughout this holiday season and we will be watching day and night."

Officials locked down all city schools for almost two hours this morning after the robbery. And they say they're not giving up until they catch the suspect.

McSwain says, "Hopefully this individual that robbed this bank, we'll bring him to justice real quick."

The bank did close for about two hours after the robbery, but was back open for business just before noon. Quincy Police are still working with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, and K-9 units to track down the suspect.

Quincy police is urging anyone with any information to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (850) 891-8477 or the Quincy Police Department at (850) 875-7335.

UPDATE] 12-8 Noon --

The robbery happened at the Bank of America on Jefferson Street around 9:20 this morning (Dec. 8).

Quincy police say a lone robber entered the bank, brandished a pistol, demanded that everyone get on their knees and then demanded money from a teller. The suspect did get away with some cash. Police say he fled on foot before they arrived.

Schools in the county and daycare centers were on lockdown as police and K-9 units searched for the suspect, but the lockdown has been lifted.

The bank was shut down for a couple of hours, but just reopened about 30 minutes ago.

Employees inside did not want to comment about the incident.

We will have more details this evening on Eyewitness News. Stay with WCTV for details.


Gadsden county authorities are on the scene of a bank robbery at the Bank of America in Quincy on Jefferson Street. All schools in the city are on lockdown, and as of 10:21AM, law enforcement does not have anyone in custody.

We have a reporter en route and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Stay with WCTV for updates.

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