An armed man who was dressed as a construction worker robbed a bank in downtown Palo Alto late Friday afternoon, according to police.
Police received a call at about 5:26 p.m. from an employee at Comerica Bank at 250 Lytton Ave., reporting that a robbery had just occurred, police said in a news release. Officers responded but could not find the suspect.
Police said the man went into the bank when there were no customers inside, approached a teller – a woman in her 50s – and lifted his shirt to display a handgun tucked into his waistband. He demanded money and when the teller went to the back room, he jumped over the counter and took money from an open drawer, police said.
The man then reportedly fled on foot south on Ramona Street.
Police described the suspect as a white man in his 30s and at least 6 feet tall. He reportedly wore a bright orange sweatshirt, black jeans, a white construction helmet and sunglasses. Police said he also had a black T-shirt wrapped around his head under the helmet and facial hair on his chin.
Police said there have not been any other recent bank robberies in Palo Alto. Detectives are investigating whether the crime is connected to any others in the Bay Area, according to the news release.
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