Bank robber eludes dragnet, but there are ‘some leads’ in the holdup |

Bank robber eludes dragnet, but there are ‘some leads’ in the holdup

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A gunman robbed the U.S. Bank branch on Park Avenue Tuesday afternoon, a rare holdup in Park City, taking an undisclosed amount of money and then eluding a dragnet that extended from Old Town to the Park City entryways.

Nobody was injured. The police responded to the bank with an overwhelming show of force. Heavily armed officers from local, state and federal agencies were at the scene and fanned out through the West Side of Summit County after they were unable to find the man close to the bank.

Phil Kirk, a Park City Police Department captain, said on Friday morning investigators had "some leads," but he declined to provide details. He had earlier said the police did not have "real leads," meaning that the investigation might have progressed toward the end of the week.

The police said the man might be white and appears to be in his 20s or 30s. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. The police said he wore a black hooded sweat shirt with a bird emblem on the front. He had gold-rim glasses and wore a blue ski mask.

The bank’s surveillance camera captured images of the man pointing a gun toward a teller as the teller handed over the money. The authorities did not release how much money the man took, which is standard police procedure after bank robberies.

"It’s a tough situation they had to go through," Kirk said.

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One of the surveillance photos shows two other people, apparently unaware the holdup was occurring, within steps of the man.

The branch manager at the bank declined to comment.

The authorities received a 911 call at just before 4:20 p.m. reporting the robbery. Kirk said the first Park City officers arrived at the bank two or three minutes later. The man had already fled on foot westbound, though. Kirk said investigators are unsure if there was a getaway car waiting for him. He said it is unclear whether the man had accomplices.

Numerous law enforcement vehicles were seen on roads close to the bank soon after the robbery. Kirk said Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Utah Highway Patrol troopers searched for the person on S.R. 224 and S.R. 248, but they did not find a vehicle that could be linked to the holdup.

Shortly after the U.S. Bank robbery, someone at nearby Frontier Bank called the Police Department reporting that a person fitting the description of the U.S. Bank suspect was at Frontier Bank, Kirk said. Several officers rushed to Frontier Bank and briefly detained the person until determining that the man did not appear to be the suspect, he said. Kirk said one other person was questioned in the early part of the investigation. That person was also cleared.

Police officers were seen searching for evidence as far south as 8th Street in Old Town. The officers were looking into trash cans left on the curb. Kirk said they were searching for clothes worn by the suspect, the mask or other evidence. Kirk declined to disclose whether the canvass of Old Town turned up any clues.

Anybody with information about the holdup may call the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s anonymous-tip line, 615-5847.