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Armed robbery at Umpqua Bank; suspect at large


UPDATED at 10:01 AM, Oct. 19, 2016

At approximately 3:56 PM last Thursday, the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an armed robbery at Umpqua Bank in Arbuckle.

“A male subject entered the bank, possibly armed with what appears to be a black handgun and demanded money,” said California Highway Patrol spokesman John Waggoner.

The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank.

“The suspect is described as a white male adult, approximately 5’ 7” and about 150 -160lbs. He was wearing a black, long sleeve shirt, with brown pants, and black shoes,” said Colusa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Contreras.

The suspect was wearing what is described as a U.S. Air Force ball cap. “The cap said US A F on the back,” said Sgt. Contreras.

The suspect was seen heading south through the alleyway between Fifth and Sixth Streets in Arbuckle.

According to Sgt. Contreras, the suspect is believed to have picked up on Fifth St. by a blueish green BMW occupied by an unknown driver. “They traveled south on Fifth Street in an unknown direction of travel,” he said.

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Waggoner commented that they units in the area searching for the suspect, as well as on Interstate 5, Highway 99W, and in the Arbuckle area.

“We have notified Yolo County and Sacramento County to be on the lookout,” said Waggoner.

According to officials, the suspect description and his approach to the crime is believed to match eight additional robberies in Northern California, between October 2013 and May 2016.

“The suspect tends to target smaller, regional banks located in rural, sparsely populated locations,” said Sgt. Contreras.

Medics were dispatched to the scene for a customer experiencing chest pains.

“We did have a customer inside when this all went down and he was experiencing some chest pains following the incident,” said Waggoner. Medics did not transport the customer.

No injuries were reported at the time of this report.

The investigation is on going and anyone having information to this crime is urged to contact the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 458-0200.

Brian Pearson contributed to this article.

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