EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – El Paso Police Department (EPPD) officers are on the scene of a bank robbery along the 10400 block of Vista Del Sol in East El Paso.
EPPD officials say shots have been fired, however no injuries have been reported. The alleged bank robber left the scene on foot, headed to Yarbrough Drive.
The FBI El Paso says the suspect is a male, however, they do not know his ethnicity as he was wearing a mask. He was wearing khaki pants, khaki long sleeved shirt, a traffic vest a sombrero and what appeared to be a bullet proof vest.
The FBI was asked how many people were inside the bank at the time of the robbery.
“I don’t have that number but during normal business hours on a Friday you can assume a good amount of people,” said Jeanette Harper the FBI El Paso Spokesperson.
Law enforcement officers could be seen searching the neighborhood behind where the bank is located with hounds.
“A little nervous especially since it seems like they haven’t found the person, so I am kind of nervous,” said Megan Zamora who lives behind the bank.
Another woman who lives nearby says she called her husband who was home as soon as she heard of the robbery.
“There’s been a robbery they don’t have the suspect apprehended yet so he’s like oh no the garage door is open so he closed it went inside made sure no one was in there and then I got home about 10 minutes later,” said Celeste Peer who lives nearby.
The FBI El Paso asking for the communities help.
“We are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify this bank robbery suspect,” said FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Jeffery R. Downey. “Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the FBI at (915) 832-5000 or 1-800-CALL-FBI, or El Paso Police Department at (915) 832-4400.”
There was a heavy police presence in the area, and the bank and surrounds were cordoned off, as law enforcement searched for the robber.
The robbery took place at GECU, located at 10424 Vista Del Sol.
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