Gulfport police search for bank robbery suspect

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport police are searching for the lone suspect in a late morning bank robbery on Wednesday. It happened just before noon at the Hancock Bank branch on Pass Road at 14th Avenue.

The person who robbed the bank is described as a black male in his 20s, who was wearing dark clothing.

Minutes after noon on Wednesday, Gulfport police investigators huddled outside the front door of the Hancock Bank. They were beginning to investigate a bank robbery reported just moments earlier.

"Looks like one individual, possibly a black male wearing dark clothing, partially masked, entered the bank and demanded money. He left the bank on foot," Chief Leonard Papania told WLOX News at the scene.

The robber did not show a gun, but implied he had one.

Investigators will check for surveillance video and possible witnesses.

"See if there's any leads that come from video," said Chief Papania, "And we'll see if we have any exterior witnesses."

It all happened rather quickly. Workers at a garage across the street told us the first time they noticed something was up, was when police cars began converging on the scene.

"They come in both ways. They came from everywhere. All up the back, sideways," said one garage employee.

"They come in real fast. They swarmed in here within seconds," his co-worker added.

"They didn't waste no time getting here. That's for sure!" added a third employee.

Police canvassed nearby businesses searching for clues.

"At this point, we believe he was alone," said Gulfport's police chief.

The last bank robbery in Gulfport was July 3rd at the Wells Fargo on Courthouse Road. In that case, suspects were caught shortly after the crime.

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