On Tuesday morning around 9:30 a.m. a man robbed the United Bank on University Avenue in Star City with a gun. The same bank was robbed around the same time of day on March 26 and it's located less than a block away from the Star City Police Department.
Star City Police Chief Vic Propst stated he was at the bank patrolling roughly 10 minutes before Tuesday's incident took place. He said, "When I got the call I said not again. How could this happen again? It took a lot of nerve."
Investigators are saying a man who was fully covered up walked in through the back door. He was aiming a handgun at bank tellers as he demanded money. Officials claim the robbery only took 43 seconds to complete. Police are saying they have some concerns.
"It makes me feel like he's desperate and desperation makes him dangerous," said Propst.
Officials aren't the only people in the area who are worried. Cathy Meighen is a manager at the Wow Factory which is a business located next to the bank. She and her co-workers were opening their business when the robbery happened.
"When you look out and see all the police cars, police dogs, and all this commotion it's very unnerving," said Meighen.
The suspect left through the back door, ran across University Avenue, down Congress Avenue, and then he vanished. According to police, the suspect's height is between 5'8" and 6'0". Witnesses told investigators the man has a medium build and he weighs approximately 160 lbs. to 180 lbs.
The robber was last seen wearing a brown hoodie sweatshirt, black mask, blue jeans, and sneakers. Police aren't currently able to identify a potential race because his skin was covered. While police continue their search local residents claim they'll remain on their toes.
"I keep my doors locked at home that's for sure," said Meighen.
Chief Vic Propst is saying he has a message for people in the area. He said, "Be aware of your surroundings. Not just at this bank, but anywhere you go. There's a lot of desperate people out there and we feel this is one of them."
According to Star City Police, the suspect from Tuesday's incident is believed to be different from the man responsible for the robbery on March 26. Investigators still haven't ruled out a possible connection at this time.
Anyone with information should call the Star City Police Department at 304-599-3550.