Bank robber escapes on yellow bike
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COPPER MOUNTAIN ” A man robbed an Alpine Bank employee at gunpoint Thursday afternoon before escaping on a yellow bicycle, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are looking for the suspect, who entered the bank at Copper Mountain just before 1 p.m. and verbally asked for money while toting a semi-automatic handgun, said Sheriff’s Capt. Joe Wray.
The man received an undisclosed amount of money and left the area. The suspect has not yet been found.
No one was injured in the robbery.
Alpine bank is located on the bottom level of the Passage Point building near the Center Village entrance of Copper Mountain. The bank leases its space from the resort.
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Eric Welsh, who works for High Country Cleaning, was preparing to clean one of the nearby units when he believes he may have seen the suspect.
“I was walking back to my van to get more equipment to take to the unit … I just saw him walk out (of the bank), that’s it,” Welsh said.
Welsh didn’t think anything of the man until some women came out of the bank and asked if he’d seen anyone leave. Welsh said the man was the only person he saw leave the bank while he was working in the area.
He declined to discuss any details about the possible suspect, but he did give a witness statement to police.
About a dozen law enforcement officers from Frisco, Silverthorne and the sheriff’s office responded to the armed robbery call, cordoning off the area around the bank, while detectives combed the bank for evidence.
Officers were dispersed to locations throughout the resort that could have been used for an escape, such as portals to the Vail-Frisco recreation path that cuts through the resort.
Police believe the suspect is a white male who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt or parka. He did not speak with any recognizable speech pattern or with an accent, Wray said. Other details such as weight, height and hair and eye color were not immediately known.
“It was so quick,” Wray said of the incident, adding that the trauma of that sort of confrontation, particularly with a gun, makes it tough for those involved to notice small details.
Copper Mountain spokesman Carlos Garcia said the resort is cooperating with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office to assist with the ongoing investigation.
The bank will reopen for business today.
Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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