Elma police are investigating a bank robbery at the Anchor Bank this afternoon. Police Chief Susan Shultz said the man aggressively pointed a hand gun at three bank tellers while demanding money in the branch at 216 South 3rd Street around 4:45 pm Thursday.
She described the suspect as a white male approximately 6 foot in height with a medium build. He was wearing a black sweatshirt at the time and fled on foot after the robbery. Deputies felt they had a good track with a K9 unit early in the investigation Shultz said, “up until the point where it looks like the suspect took off on a vehicle.”
Shultz added, “We have interviewed all the tellers that were involved in the case. We locked Elma down as much as possible but we believe that he snuck out of town.”
Investigators are reviewing bank videos, and have other leads that the chief was not comfortable disclosing at this time.
The man escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
Officers from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office, Montesano Police, Hoquiam Police, Washington State Patrol, Washington Fish and Wildlife, and State Parks responded to the Elma area to assist in trying to locate the suspect.
Shults said the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI will be assisting in the ongoing investigation. She added, “We are encouraging any of the citizens that observe anything to give us a call.”
Anyone with information about this suspect or the bank robbery, please call the Elma Police Department at (360)482-3131 or the non-emergency dispatch number at 360-533-8765.