Suspect threatens to shoot teller during bank robbery

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are seeking the public’s help in tracking down a man who robbed a Cranston bank Wednesday morning.

According to police, the suspect entered the Bank of America branch on Park Avenue in Cranston at about 10:23 a.m. and handed a note to the teller, demanding they hand over money or they would be shot.

The teller told police the suspect kept one hand in his pocket, indicating that he may have been armed. He made off with a few hundred dollars, police said, fleeing on foot in an easterly direction on Park Avenue.

Surveillance photo of Cranston bank robbery suspect.
Surveillance photo of Cranston bank robbery suspect.

No employees or customers were injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male, standing 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Police consider him to be armed and dangerous.

Do not approach the suspect if you see him or know his whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Joseph Hopkins at (401) 477-5065 or Det. Donald Salvatore at (401) 477-5038.

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