Bewildered customers of the Sunnyside branch of the Bank of America, 401 S. 7th St., were turned away Monday afternoon when a sign was posted stating the bank was temporarily closed due to circumstances beyond its control.
Those circumstances, it turned out, was a bank robbery.
The bank closed shortly after 2 p.m. after the suspect entered the bank wearing a white, sleeveless undershirt, a stocking hat and a bandanna, which covered most of his face, leaving only his eyes uncovered. By some reports he was also wearing white gloves. The suspect is Hispanic, but spoke English.
About half a dozen bank patrons were inside the bank when the incident occurred, but most of them were oblivious to what was happening at one of the clerk stations.
Pepe Navarro, who was making his daily trip to the bank, had his back to the suspect during the robbery.
After the suspect left Navarro was told not to leave since the bank had just been robbed.
Navarro and bank customers were questioned for about an hour by Sunnyside police officers Monday afternoon after the robbery.
Navarro said the suspect reportedly entered the bank and pushed a customer out of the way trying to get to a clerk. The suspect then demanded the clerk give him all her money.
"He didn't have any weapons or anything," said Navarro.
The clerk handed the suspect the cash and he left, reportedly, with the money in his hands.
The suspect was reportedly short and is estimated to be in his late 20s.
The Sunnyside Police Department is not revealing how much money was taken from the bank, but they have released a photographic image caught by the bank's security cameras.
Police Captain Phil Schenck confirmed that no weapons were displayed and added that no one was injured in the robbery.
The police currently do not have any suspects in the robbery, but are seeking information on the identification of the suspect.