U Street Bank Robbed in Lunchtime Heist

A man wearing a construction vest and fisherman's hat walked into a bank on U Street NW Tuesday afternoon and robbed it before many customers knew anything was amiss.

The bank robber struck about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, entering the SunTrust Bank on the 1200 block of U Street NW, alongside the U Street Metro station.

"It was so fast, just in and out," bank customer Jorge Estrada said. "We were oblivious."

The robber, who stands 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-5, passed a bank teller a note and then left, according to the FBI. He may have made his getaway by Metro bus, officials said.

Most customers didn't know anything was wrong until they saw the teller's reaction to the crime.

"The teller was screaming. She was hysterical and asked me to get her manager," another customer said.

The suspect was wearing a lime green construction vest, a khaki fisherman's hat and white gloves at the time of the crime. He is being sought by the FBI, with a $5,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the man.

The FBI/MPD Violent Crimes Task Force requests that anyone with information call the FBI at 202-278-2000 or the MPD’s tip line at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the police department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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