Police investigating reported bank robbery in Charlottesville

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 2:53 PM EST
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Police are investigating a reported armed bank robbery along Barracks Road in Charlottesville.

Authorities were called out to the Atlantic Union Bank just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 14. A masked suspect is said to have shown a handgun to a teller, demanded money, and then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police believe a red Jeep Cherokee was used in the robbery. An SUV matching that description was soon located in the area of the Hessian Hills Apartment complex, and investigators called for a bloodhound to assist in their search.

The suspect vehicle is believed to have been stolen.

Investigators are reviewing security camera footage as well. Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney says the suspect is believed to be a black man who was “heavily clothed,” which is making it difficult to provide a detailed description.

“We are asking that if anyone does have information, please let us know. We do know this person was armed, so we would ask that you take caution and not approach the individual, to call your local law enforcement authorities.,” Brackney said.

There were no reports of injuries at the bank.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000.

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