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Surveillance camera gets picture of Willow Park bank robber

A lone robber got away with cash during the robbery Tuesday of a Compass Bank in Willow Park, but a surveillance camera caught a picture of him, police said.

Bank employees said the man at 10:15 a.m. entered the branch, 5171 East Interstate 20 (North) Service Road, and handed a teller a note demanding money.

"An undisclosed amount of money was surrendered to the subject who left the scene in an easterly direction on foot," said Police Chief Brad Johnson in a news release. "No weapon was displayed and no threats of violence were made."

However, four campuses in the Aledo Independent School District were locked down for about an hour and a half during the search.

The schools resumed normal activities around noon, said Marsha Miholovich, deputy superintendent of schools.

The campuses included McCall Elementary School in Willow Park, Aledo High School, Coder Elementary School and the Aledo Learning Center.

Johnson said the man was not found, despite an extensive search.

Participating investigative agencies included the Willow Park Police Department, the police department for Aledo schools, Parker County constables, Hudson Oaks police and the Parker County Sheriff’s Department.

The robber was described as a black male, possibly in his 30s, wearing a white cap, glasses or sunglasses, a light blue jacket with stripes on the sleeve and khaki pants.

Meanwhile, Johnson said, anyone with information about the robbery can call Willow Park Police Department at 817-441-9747 or the FBI/Tarrant County Safe Streets Task Force at 817-989-3330.

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