Richland bank robber handed threatening note to teller, fled the scene before police arrived

RICHLAND, Wash. — Investigators are at the scene of the Chase Bank location at Vintner Square, where a male suspect committed a robbery in the early afternoon.

According to Officer Miller with the Richland Police Department, initial reports came in around 12:50 p.m. on January 12 stating that the bank on the 2700-block of Queensgate Drive was being robbed.

By the time RPD officers arrived at the scene, the suspect had already fled. Eyewitnesses told police that he left in a nearby vehicle, but weren’t able to clarify whether or not he was driving.

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It’s also unclear whether he was armed, but Richland police officers told KAPP KVEW that no one was hurt as a result of the sudden robbery.

Authorities say that the bank robber entered the establishment and presented the teller with a note, insinuating that the bank was being robbed. All we know at this time is that is presented a threat and asked that money be returned.

This Chase Bank location is closed through the early portion of Wednesday afternoon so that police can speak with witnesses and resume their investigation into the bank robbery.

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Vintner Square is a popular and oftentimes busy shopping plaza in Richland that features a variety of stores.

Current details are limited, but KAPP KVEW will have more information on our evening newscasts at 5, 6, and 6:30 p.m.; and don’t forget to check back here on YakTriNews.com for more details.

UPDATE at 4:30 p.m. on 1/12/21: Richland Police added a few new details to the case, including a description of the suspect’s clothes.

The bank robber stood in line with other customers in a hoodie, baggy pants, and a cloth face mask. He fled the scene in a light-colored SUV with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with more information to contribute is urged to contact Detective Eric Edwards at 509-942-7368 or dispatch at 509-628-0333.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued once more information is revealed to the public.

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