Man accused of armed robbery in Long Beach in custody

Man accused of armed robbery in Long Beach in custody

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The man accused of robbing a bank in Long Beach on Wednesday is now in custody.

At this time, police have not released any details regarding the Thursday afternoon arrest.

According to police, the man allegedly robbed the Hancock Bank on Beatline and Pineville roads and pedaled away from the scene on a bicycle. Multiple agencies took part in the manhunt.

"My mom told me some guy robbed a bank on a bicycle," said Cameron Stott who was heading into work across from the bank when police arrived on the scene.

Surveillance images show the man police say walked into the Hancock Bank with two hand guns, and demanded money.

"In Long Beach, it's like, why are their cops in Long Beach out here surrounding the bank. Because you wouldn't expect a robbery to be happening right next door to where I work, and stuff like that. It's a quiet area," Stott said.

A tip led multiple agencies to create a perimeter at the industrial park in Long Beach. A Harrison County Sheriff's Department helicopter circled a wooded area off A and B avenues and Johnson Road. Other agencies also arrived on scene with K-9 units looking for any sign of the man.

After more than two hours of searching the scene, the search came up empty on Wednesday.

"We have great support from the local agencies around. They came right with us to help set up this perimeter. So were working great together," said Chief McDowell.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department at 228-863-7292, or submit a tip online to the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers.

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