Wells Fargo bank near Oaks Mall robbed

The Gainesville Police Department released this surveillance image of a man sought in connection with a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo bank on Newberry Road near the Oaks Mall Friday afternoon.

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

A bank near The Oaks Mall was robbed Friday afternoon, prompting a search of the busy area and the lockdown of nearby Terwilliger Elementary School.

A man walked into the Wells Fargo bank at 6103 Newberry Road at about 2:24 p.m., implied he had a gun, handed a teller a note demanding money and walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash, said Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

"We're trying to figure out if he left the area in a vehicle or on foot," Tobias said. "We never got any alarms. We only got 911 calls after he was gone. He came out through the south doors. What he did after that is unknown."

Tobias said police notified staff at Terwilliger, which is located across from the mall on Southwest 62th Boulevard, of the robbery. The school was on lockdown after the incident as police searched the area.

Alachua County Public Schools spokeswoman Jackie Johnson said the school's resource officer ordered the lockdown, which lasted about a half-hour.

The robber was described as a white man in his 40s with a white goatee and wearing a blue shirt and pants. He also wore a Gators baseball cap and Gators backpack in surveillance videos provided by police.

The man implied he had a handgun, but a weapon was not seen.

GPD's search involved the use of dogs, multiple officers and a helicopter.

Tobias said he was not aware of any other recent robberies in nearby cities along Interstate 75.

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