United Bank on Front Royal Pike Is Robbed (Updated with vehicle information at 2 p.m.)

Posted: July 28, 2014

The Winchester Star

Police are searching for this man, after the United Bank on Front Royal Pike in Frederick County was robbed this morning. The image came from the bank's security camera.
The United Bank on Front Royal Pike was robbed this morning. (Photo by Scott Mason)
Police use a search dog to look for clues to where the suspect in this morning's bank robbery went after leaving the United Bank on Front Royal Pike in Frederick County (Photo by Scott Mason)

UPDATED at 2 p.m. with a information about the suspect's vehcile

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is searching for the man who robbed the United Bank, at 199 Front Royal Pike, this morning.

The robbery happened at about 9:20 a.m., Capt. Donald Lang said at the scene.

"[He] entered the bank, made a brief statement to the bank clerk," Lang said. "At that particular point, he jumps the counter, has that bank clerk he initially made contact with and a second bank clerk open the drawers and empty money out of [them]."

The robber jumped back over the counter, and fled the bank, heading east on foot towards the area between Costco and Delco Plaza, Lang. He said it's assumed there was a vehicle in that area because that's where a K-9 unit supplied by Winchester Police Department lost the track.

"Nobody was hurt," Lang said.

He said no weapon was displayed and the suspect said he didn't want to hurt anyone. Four employees, but no customers were in the bank, Lang said.

The suspect is described as black, about 6 feet tall with a thin build and in his early to mid-20s. He was wearing blue jeans, a white, short sleeve button-up dress shirt with blue pinstripes and sunglasses.

The Sheriff's Office says the robbery suspect was seen getting into a large, banged-up, late-model four-door sedan in the area of the Costco parking lot. The car was described as dirty, faded burgundy and a late-1980s or early-1990s model, Lang said.

The vehicle didn't have hubcaps, and the rear bumper on the passenger side was smashed in, he said.

Lang said a witness in the Costco parking lot came forward with the information about the car.

"[The witness] saw the guy jump into the vehicle," Lang said. "He wasn't the driver."

The witness didn't get a good look at the driver, he said.

Check for additional updates and see Tuesday's Winchester Star for full details.