A bank robbery suspect who held five employees and a customer at gunpoint, and then tied them up, at Wells Fargo in Carbondale on Saturday afternoon remained at large Saturday night, according to authorities. No one was injured.
At 4:16 p.m., a call of a bank robbery in progress came into the Garfield County communications center from a family member of a bank employee, said Tanny McGinnis, spokeswoman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
The family member was waiting for a bank employee in the parking lot outside the bank, located at 1201 Highway 133, shortly after the bank closed at 4 p.m. Within minutes of the suspect leaving the bank, the employee was able to free himself from being bound by zip ties and ran out to the parking lot. The employee told the family member that the bank had been robbed and to get out of the area and call police. The employee then went back into the bank and freed the others, who were forced behind the counter onto their knees and had their hands bound behind their backs, McGinnis said.
The suspect is identified as a white male, approximately 5-foot-8-inches tall, 150 pounds, wearing a long, straight black wig, a fake mustache, dark sunglasses, gray pants, a long-sleeved gray shirt and black shoes.
He brandished a black semi-automatic pistol to a teller and verbally demanded an undisclosed amount of money, McGinnis said. He threatened at gunpoint and tied up the employees and customer in the bank before leaving the scene in a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was recovered Saturday night from an undisclosed location.
Carbondale and Glenwood police, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, responded to the scene shortly after the 911 call came in. As of 10 p.m., authorities were still processing the scene, reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses, McGinnis said.
It is unknown how long the individuals were tied up, or how long it took for the suspect to rob the bank and successfully leave the scene.
Vectra Bank in El Jebel near Movieland was robbed March 2. The suspect, disguised in a black face mask, ski jacket, multicolored ski gloves and sunglasses, remains at large. He was able to leave the bank at 10:40 a.m. with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The unarmed man handed a note to a female teller demanding all of the money in her drawer. No weapon was ever shown during the robbery. The suspect left the bank on foot before the teller activated an alarm. Police from three agencies and the FBI scoured the nearby Sopris Village neighborhood and Orchard Plaza Shopping Center on foot and in patrol cars, asking pedestrians and employees of businesses about the suspect, to no avail.