By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
MANTEE – An observant bank employee may have thwarted a bank robbery Tuesday morning at Omni Bank off of Highway 15 in Webster County.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol said a bank employee spotted an older white male wearing a hooded jacket on a hot Mississippi day and then saw he had what appeared to be a gun in his hand. The employee quickly locked the door and the suspect never gained entry to the bank.
“The employees called 911 and we responded immediately,” said Webster County Deputy Derek May. “No one was hurt and nothing was taken from the bank. He didn’t even bang on the door. He walked off when he realized the doors were locked.”
May did say the suspect was still at large at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. at the rural community bank on First Street in Mantee.
Authorities are now looking for the individual and are asking for the public’s help.
“The suspect is an older white male last seen wearing a hooded zip-up style brown sweatshirt and blue jeans,” said Trooper Brian C. Mobley, Public Affairs Officer for the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “He had his face covered with a dark blue bandana with white flowers on it. “
Photos from the bank’s security camera show what appears to be a holster on the suspect’s hip.
Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to call the Webster County Sheriff’s Department at 258-7701. Authorities said the suspect was armed with a handgun and is considered dangerous.
“A teller observed the suspect as he was approaching the bank and alerted other employees in the bank,” said Trooper Brian C. Mobley, Public Affairs Officer for the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “The bank employees managed to lock the door before the suspect could make entry to the bank.”
Security camera photos show a man or average build with close-cropped gray or brown hair.
“The suspect left the scene in a silver or gray four door mid-size dodge truck — possibly a Dodge Dakota — with an unknown direction of travel,” said Mobley. “This incident is under investigation by the Webster County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.”