Police Searching For Bank Robbery Suspect

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Police are still looking for a suspect after a bizarre bank robbery attempt.

It happened at the Wooten Branch of the Hyden Citizen's Bank late Thursday afternoon.

The vehicle police believe the suspect left in was found a short time later in a church parking lot.

Police say the suspect, who is believed to be a white man, went to the home of a bank employee and forced her to drive her vehicle to the bank.

Police say the suspect made her go into the bank for money.

The employee sounded the alarm and the suspect left in her car.

Police say an alarm went off at the Hyden Citizen's Bank in Wooton around 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Little is known about the suspect, but police say he could be wearing camouflage clothes and is likely armed.

An armed robbery investigation in the small town of Wooton has everyone talking.

"People called me and asked me if they had heard if it happened and I come to the post office and it really happened," said Wooten resident Donald Joseph.

Police say the suspect is still on the run.

"In the preliminary investigation, it indicated that we had a male suspect that was in camouflage clothing and wearing a mask armed," said Tony Watts with the Kentucky State Police.

Police found the vehicle they believe the suspect left in, less than a mile from the bank at the Saw Branch Pentecostal Church. As soon as police found the getaway car, they began looking for clues.

Nobody was injured but police are telling everyone in the area to stay alert and be on the lookout for the suspect.

"The suspect is still at large and we want everyone to consider him armed and dangerous," Watts said.

Police wouldn't say if the suspect got away with any money.

If you have any information about the robbery, you should call state police or the Leslie County Sheriff's Department.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2007 at 04:03 PM
    It's spelled Wooton not Wooten.
  • by Chris Location: Leslie on Sep 7, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    Until all the facts come out we shouldn't assume, or try, to point fingers.
  • by Anonymous Location: leslie on Sep 7, 2007 at 08:17 AM
    something aint right about this if it was really a robber then why didnt he go in with her naturally if someones going to rob something they aint going to send a person in to get it when they know that they work at that place he would have went in with her if he was going to rob it he any dummy would have knowed she wouldnt going to come back out with the money when all she had to do is lock herself in and call the law its dumb and the law knows its not all right
  • by mary Location: leslie on Sep 7, 2007 at 05:38 AM
    well it say that he went to her home and then made her drive to the bank so it had to be some one that knows that she works at the bank,
  • by Anonymous Location: leslie on Sep 6, 2007 at 05:38 PM
    lets get real here they should know if anything was stoled cause the workers car got stolen so i heard and i just wonder how he got in the bank closes at 4pm unless she was coming out and he shoved her back in this is crazy i hope he dont come here or the cornener can pick him up

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