Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 12, 2014

Woman attempts bank heist

By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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Police say a woman brandished a firearm Friday inside of a Bluefield bank in an attempted armed robbery.

A middle-aged woman wearing dark clothing entered First Century Bank on College Avenue at 11:45 a.m., approached the counter, and gave a bank teller a note demanding money. The note indicated if the clerk did not comply she would fire her weapon. The suspect also brandished a handgun, according to Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department.

The bank teller, who was attempting to comply with the orders, dropped some change in the floor and hit a panic alarm button as she bent over to pick up the change.

Adams said the suspect then began to get nervous and fled the bank without any money.

The unidentified woman was last seen heading east College on Avenue.

Adams said other customers and bank employees were in the bank at the time of the attempted robbery, but there were no injuries.

Police were still searching for the suspect late Friday.

Officers, who were on scene investigating the attempted bank robbery, also worked an unrelated three-vehicle collision Friday that occurred in front of the bank.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com