Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Elyria – Elyria Police began receiving multiple hold up alarms from the downtown branch of 5/3 Bank just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Within minutes Police began surrounding the bank at Broad and East Ave. Dispatchers advised they received a call from a drive thru customer saying the teller told them they could not help them right now and would not elaborate.

Police then received confirmation from the alarm company that a holdup had occurred and that the suspect had fled north on East Ave. Police had the bank manager exit the building through the front doors to confirm that no bad guys were left in the building. They then went inside and cleared the building and received additional information.

A suspect description was given out to Officers of a white male with a red jacket and camo pants with acne on his face.

While Officers were investigating inside of the bank, speaking with witnesses and reviewing camera footage, others were searching the area for the suspect.

An employee of Bill Bakers, located just north of the bank on East Ave, told Police that a man matching the suspect description had just been in their shop. They said the man, who was holding a fist of fifties, offered them $10.00 if someone would give him a ride home to his apartment on Washington Ave. One of the employees gave him that ride home and remembered dropping him off at C building at 300 Washington.

Police, along with a State Trooper, entered the building and found the suspect and money.

A Police Detective armed with a bank surveillance photo arrived and ID’d the suspect.

The Elyria Police and the FBI are investigating the robbery.



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