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Update: Armed bank robber pedaled away on bicycle in Long Beach

Long Beach police need help to find a man who robbed the Hancock Bank branch at Beatline and Pineville roads on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Long Beach police need help to find a man who robbed the Hancock Bank branch at Beatline and Pineville roads on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

A bank robber armed with two guns demanded money from cashiers at Hancock Bank at Pineville and Beatline roads Wednesday afternoon, then pedaled away on a bicycle described as a yellow cruiser.

Long Beach Assistant Police Chief Alan Bond said the robber is white, and about 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was wearing a turquoise shirt and black-and-white cap. When cashiers handed over an undetermined amount of money from their drawers, he put it into a black backpack.

Bond said the robber was believed to be carrying a revolver and an automatic gun. He wore a stocking over the lower part of his face during the robbery, Bond said.

Bond said the bank was robbed about 2:25 p.m.

The robber headed west on Pineville Road. A witness may have seen him a short time later in the Long Beach industrial park, Bond said.

Police said they hope to release photos or video from a surveillance video.

The bank closed after the robbery. Five bank employees were behind the counter and appeared to be assisting police officers as they processed the crime scene.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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