Metro-East News

Holdup reported at Regions Bank in Belleville; one suspect identified

Police say the Regions Bank at 210 E. Washington St. in downtown Belleville was robbed Friday afternoon.

Belleville Det. Sgt. Mark Heffernan said one suspect was identified as a black male, over 20-years-old, about 5 foot, 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, wearing a black shirt over a white T-shirt and black pants. Heffernan said the suspect was also wearing a white “Guinness” hat and carrying a blue drawstring-type bag. Police were notified of the incident at around 1:08 p.m.

“The suspect presented a note to the teller demanding money. The suspect inferred he had a gun, but did not display a weapon,” Heffernan said in a news release. “The teller complied with the suspect’s demand. The suspect fled southbound from the bank, then eastbound on Lincoln.”

Several police units swarmed the area, and the bank was roped off with crime-scene tape for at least an hour. Police said Belleville Police K-9 responded to the scene to attempt to track the suspect, but was unsuccessful. Belleville Police Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for possible forensic evidence.

By 3:15 p.m., the tape was taken down by police and signs were put up on the doors noting that the branch was “temporarily closed.”

Belleville detectives, along with the FBI, are following leads in the case. Surveillance images of the suspect were also shared by police. Heffernan said the suspect was last seen on foot.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Belleville Police Department at 618-234-1212 or Crimestoppers at 866-371-8477.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers