Police Searching for Afternoon Bank Robber

January 7, 2003
Posted at: 2:00 p.m. CDT
Posted at: 5:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Jonesboro Police are actively searching for a man believed to have robbed a local bank.

Approximately 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, a man held up the Regions Bank on Nettleton Avenue. Witnesses say he used a knife. There is no report on the amount of money believed to be stolen.

Police have described the man as a white male with light-colored hair, but possibly of Hispanic descent. He was wearing a blue baseball cap and blue jeans. In addition, the man is believed to be wearing a blue and green "lumberjack-type" thermal jacket.

"(He) robbed the bank here of an undetermined amount of cash," Det. Lynn Waterworth of the Jonesboro Police said. "He left the bank on foot, running basically that direction between those buildings."

Police say the man fled on foot down Race Street. Search dogs did have a scent initially, but have lost it.

Investigators spoke with bank employees to gather more information. They are also going over surveillance tapes that recorded the man pointing his knife at workers and making off with the money.

A man was taken into custody earlier on Tuesday. He was questioned and later released by authorities.

Jonesboro Police spokesman Sgt. Doug Foreman said the police have turned over the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.