Suspect in United Bank Robbery in Wheeling Still at Large

Photo by Heather Ziegler Wheeling police process the scene of Tuesday afternoon’s robbery at the United Bank branch office in Elm Grove.

WHEELING — Local, state and federal law enforcement officers scoured the Elm Grove area Tuesday minutes after an afternoon robbery at the United Bank branch office located at National Road and Junior Avenue.

The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, and no one was injured during the robbery.

Police were notified at 1:46 p.m. of the robbery. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a dark colored hat, knee-length blue jean shorts, a gray shirt with long blue sleeves and white tennis shoes. He reportedly entered the bank and demanded money. Officials were unsure if the man was armed.

The suspect fled on foot, running in a zig-zag pattern west on National Road, according to Wheeling police spokesman Philip Stahl. Several schools in the area were placed on lockdown during the manhunt. Police utilized K-9 units to assist in the search that fanned out toward the Overbook area and then along the creek bank and the city’s walking trail.

Bank officials from the main office in downtown Wheeling began arriving at the branch office shortly after police were on scene. Several motorists attempted to use the drive-thru bank despite the five police cruisers parked in the bank lot. Eventually police tape was placed around the perimeter of the bank to keep people away as detectives processed the scene.

The suspect remained at large at press time.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect is asked to call the Wheeling Police Department at 304-234-3664.

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