The employees of Compass Bank were shaken up on Thursday when shortly after 2 p.m., a man entered the bank on Interstate 20 in Willow Park and claimed to be armed and demanded money.
According to a news release from Willow Park Chief of Police Brad Johnson the perpetrator, described as a black male, demanded the money through a note and conversation with a bank employee.
Upon receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the male fled north bound from the bank. Law enforcement personnel arrived on the scene in just over a minute and an extensive search was conducted of the area. Simultaneously, notifications were made to place local schools and day cares on lockdown.
Personnel from the Willow Park Police Department, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, Aledo ISD Police Department, Precinct 4 Constables Office and a tracking K-9 from the White Settlement ISD Police, conducted the search.
Through video from a nearby business, officers were able to confirm that the suspect was picked up in a vehicle, operated by an accomplice, behind the bank and was no longer a potential threat to nearby businesses, schools or neighborhoods.
The investigation is continuing with the lead being taken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its task force personnel.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102