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Woman robbed in bank lot

June 20, 2014

ST. MARYS — Law enforcement officials in St. Marys are looking for a suspect who held a woman up at knife point and stole a car at a local bank.

At approximately 12:21 p.m. Friday, employees from 3Rivers Federal Credit Union on Greenville Road called the St. Marys Police Department to report the incident. St. Mary Police Chief Mark Ernst said a white male approached a woman in the parking lot, displayed a knife, stole her purse and car and fled the scene.

Officers are looking for a white male, 25 to 30-years-old, 5-foot-6-inches to 5-foot-10 inches tall, 170 pounds with a short, dark beard. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a red baseball cap.The suspect is believed to be driving a gray, 2014 Chrysler 200 with Ohio registration FRW6103. Ernst said the suspect initially asked the woman for a ride, but when she declined he stole the vehicle.

Once the call came in, Ernst said officers contacted local and regional law enforcement agencies regarding the suspect and model of vehicle.

"We think it's an isolated incident," Ernst said.

Ernst encouraged anyone with information to contact the police department at 419-394-2325.

"Do not approach him," Ernst said. "Consider the person armed and dangerous. It seems to be a pretty desperate act."

Officers recovered a bike at the scene they believe to belong to the suspect. Other evidence has also been collected from the scene.

"I want everyone to rest assured that this is a very rare occurrence in St. Marys, but we are not immune to crime," Ernst said. "Absolutely, if a bad guy wants money, he knows going to a bank there will be people coming in and out with cash so it's important for people to be aware of their surroundings."

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