Search Continues For Bank Robber

Police searched for a suspect in three bank robberies in Louisiana and the  Mississippi Gulf Coast after authorities earlier arrested the wrong man, based on witness descriptions in the latest theft. That robbery occurred Tuesday in Laplace, La.

The robber escaped after handing a bank teller a note, demanding money and fleeing the Bank One on Airline Highway. St. John Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a man based on descriptions by witnesses shortly after the robbery. But the teller who handed over the undisclosed amount of money at the bank told police the man they arrested was not the robber, Capt. Mike Tregre, a spokesman for the St. John Sheriff's Office, said Wednesday. The man was later released from custody. ``We are looking closely at the surveillance footage and working with the FBI to identify a suspect,'' Tregre said.

The suspect is a white male in his early 30s, about 150 pounds, wearing a dark baseball cap, khaki shorts and white tennis shoes. Police said the suspect may have been involved in two other robberies in Pass Christian, Miss. and Slidell. The suspect faces federal bank robbery charges, said Theresa Hudson, FBI spokeswoman.

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