FBI searching for Phoenix bank robbery suspect

PHOENIX - The FBI has released photos hoping someone recognizes a man accused of robbing a bank in west Phoenix.

The robbery occurred at a Chase Bank near 75th Avenue and Thomas Road early Saturday afternoon.

FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said the robbery gave the teller a note demanding money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash.

Adelita Barajas was standing in line at the bank and said she didn't notice anything was wrong until it was all over.

"The next thing you know, the girl's all shook up," Barajas said. "I mean, we were standing in line right in front of the guy, I didn't think anything of it. He didn't look like the type of person that would come in here to try to do anything like that."

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 180 pounds, between 30 and 40 years old. Barajas said he was wearing a blue bandana.

Johnson said this appears to be a new robber, not associated with other bank robberies.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect can call the FBI or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS OR 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.

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