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Jacksonville police: Gunman robs Westside bank

JSO says man in 30s pulls gun in Wells Fargo, takes off with cash

Surveillance photo of man with a gun holding up Wells Fargo branch on Blanding Boulevard.
Surveillance photo of man with a gun holding up Wells Fargo branch on Blanding Boulevard.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are searching for a man who robbed a bank on the city's Westside Thursday afternoon, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. 

Police said a white man in his mid-30s, who was wearing sunglasses and a dark-colored hooded jacket, walked into the Wells Fargo on Blanding Boulevard at Harlow Road at 2:34 p.m., pulled a gun and demanded money and then ran off after getting cash.

Six people, including Kenny Ayers, were inside the bank at the time, but no injuries were reported.

"I was coming in. He stuck a pistol in my face. I back off. He said, 'Move.' I got of the way," Ayers told News4Jax. "He didn't take anything (from me). He stuck a pistol in my face. He told me to move, and I got the hell out of the way."

Police released this photo of a green car seen leaving the Wells Fargo on Blanding Boulevard.
Police released this photo of a green car seen leaving the Wells Fargo on Blanding Boulevard.

On Friday, police released a surveillance photo of the man and a dark green sedan, possibly a Honda, that was seen leaving the area shortly after the robbery.

Detectives said they're still searching for the bank robber.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

This was the fourth bank robbery in the first six week of 2018. Three of them have been on the Westside.

Two weeks ago the TD Bank on San Juan Avenue at Roosevelt Boulevard was robbed by a man about the same age and build who police said left the scene in an older model green Honda.

Despite similarities between the robber and the car, police said they are not yet connecting the two robberies. 


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