[UPDATE] Bank Robber in Quincy Still on the Loose

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

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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  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Dec 10, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    This article is about The Bank of America being robbed and innocent lives that COULD have been taken during this crime. It is NOT about grammar, punctuation, etc. Granted Gadsden Co has failing schools, but the majority of the posters here are young or older adults and they are doing their best. We are not writing essays here, we are posting comments. People get in a hurray typing and make errors. On that note, I hope and pray this robber is caught and brought to justice.
  • by Joseph Budlight Location: Houstonatlantaquincy on Dec 9, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    Grammar control is here...seriously it's not that serious. Let ppl display their own intelligence. Of course it makes them look stupid, but it's their own call. &&FYI I know people across the world who could use grammar lessons so let's move on
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 at 11:48 AM
    WHY WHY WHY do so many people use commas instead of periods for a pause in a sentence? It is "..." and NOT ",,,,,,"! Please get it right!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    To Really???- I'm all about proper spelling and grammar but the comment box does not have the red squiggly lines under words that have been spelled incorrectly. Believe me, it hurts my eyes to read some things on here but in their defense there is no alert for misspellings.
  • by Really??? Location: Quincy on Dec 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    Does anyone know how to spell? If this sampling pool is representative of the IQ in Quincy, Gadsden County has a lot to worry about. FYI (i.e. for your information) when you leave a comment and there is a little red squiggly line under the word it means you has misspelled it!
  • by common sense on Dec 9, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    "beforreal" and listen to your name... be for real and use the common sense God gave you...students aren't going to bring Ipads and Macbooks to school. Trust me I'm from GC.. EG "07". I know some parents can barely afford the dang cell phones and I don't think Shanks have enough computers to let everyone go around surfing the web during a LOCKDOWN. The LAST thing these kids will be on is wctv anyway...probably Facebook. But you're right they do have their cell phones (Middle schoolers using a cell to post on WCTV) That's not clicking. And "tuff girl" this is about posting a comment on this website not texting, comprehend the argument first sweetie...I know who didn't pass the FCAT first time around lol too tuff!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    Wow, the bank customer quotes were really impressive. One 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." Kind of scary a little bit? Ummmmm.....so just a little bit? Another says, "Crime happens everywhere, but there's no reason for theft. I don't care how hard things get." So, is this person saying that there is an understandable reason for murder or illegal drugs? How about child abuse? Just as long as it is not theft!!
  • by Quincy, citizen on Dec 9, 2010 at 03:48 AM
    Quincy Police is in Charge ,,,its a very good chance he will never be caught ,,,That department is about a big joke,,,it used to be a very outstanding dept.. but that was back about 12 years ago,,before all the changes started to take place...
  • by Dewycheatemandhow Location: BOA on Dec 8, 2010 at 11:09 PM
    Bank of America just paid $135 million dollars for rigging the price or Muni Bonds . Bascialy they were stealing money that people pay in property and sales tax. Very suspect timing the crimes must have been in the Wikileaks documents. Tip of the iceberg of what banks have stolen from Municipalities and pensions.
  • by she do Location: EGHS on Dec 8, 2010 at 07:42 PM
    GRADES,,from what these school get in Gadsden ,,they need to do a LOCK DOWN for ever day ,,maybe they will learn something and not walk up and down the streets.
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