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Police looking for man who robbed Hancock Bank

COURTESY GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT 
 Police are searching for this man accused of demanding money from a teller at Hancock Bank on South Swan Road on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.
COURTESY GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT Police are searching for this man accused of demanding money from a teller at Hancock Bank on South Swan Road on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.

GULFPORT -- Police are looking for a man who walked into the Hancock Bank Lyman branch on South Swan Road on Friday afternoon and demanded money from a teller.

Sgt. Damon McDaniel said the robber -- shown on surveillance footage -- entered about 5 p.m., went up to a teller window and told the teller he had a weapon.

He took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away to the south, McDaniel said.

"We don't know if he walked off or had a car stashed nearby," he said.

A crime-scene unit and marked and unmarked police cars filled the bank's parking lot after dark. Investigators were inside working Friday night.

The man police are seeking is about 5-feet-3, about 130 to 150 pounds and was wearing a gray sweater, blue jeans and a black skull cap.

McDaniel said he is armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding the man's identity or whereabouts is asked to call Gulfport police at 868-5959. Information can also be given to Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Tips can be sent via text message by typing CSTIP plus the message to 274637.

"Help us locate the suspect and solve this crime," McDaniel said.

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