Bank robber sought

GILMORE CITY – Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger said Thursday that mannerisms led investigators to suspect the Bank Iowa robber is a woman.

“We didn’t have any facial pictures from the video,” Kruger said. “The hand would indicate that it’s a female. The way she was holding the gun would indicate it was a female. The way she walked would indicate that she was a female.”

The suspect robbed the Gilmore City branch of Bank Iowa Wednesday at 1:53 p.m. armed with a semiautomatic handgun, something that was determined by viewing the bank’s surveillance system, Kruger said.

He said the robber walked into the bank and demanded money, then left with an undisclosed amount.

The gun was not fired.

The bank, which was closed Thursday, is expected to reopen today.

Kruger said the suspect is believed to have fled Gilmore City in a teal or green Chrysler Town and Country minivan; it went south out of Gilmore City on Humboldt County Road P19. From there, the suspect took the first gravel road and headed west into Pocahontas County.

An eyewitness, who met the minivan on the road after the robbery, saw it go off the road several times.

“This vehicle entered several ditches and corn fields as it fled,” Kruger said in a previous statement. “Vehicle tracks led deputies to the Lizard Lake area in Pocahontas County.”

Kruger said that his deputies lost track of the minivan “down by Lizard Lake.”

The vehicle was not left there and authorities are still searching for it, he said.

It is not known if there was anyone other than the driver in the minivan, he said.

Kruger described the suspect as possibly female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and with dark hair, wearing a red New York Yankees baseball cap with a red handkerchief bandanna over the face. The suspect wore a red, long-sleeve T-shirt with a black baggy shirt covering it, baggy and worn blue jeans, and dark tennis shoes with white soles.

Kruger wants anyone who sees the suspect vehicle to get its license plate number and report it to his office, 332-2471. Any other information about robbery should be directed to the same number.

The Humboldt County sheriff’s office was assisted by the Humboldt Police Department, Humboldt County attorney’s office, Pocahontas County sheriff’s office, Pocahontas, Fonda and Laurens police departments, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement and the Webster County sheriff’s office during the investigation.