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Police Respond to Bank Robbery, Suspicious Package in Princess Anne

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The Princess Anne Police Department issued an alert Wednesday morning for a reported robbery and suspicious package at the BB&T Bank located at Route 13 and Mt. Vernon Road in Princess Anne. The situation has since been secured by police.

Police said the suspect, an African American male around 40 years old, walked into the bank with a box announcing he had a bomb, then demanding the teller to give him money. The suspect fled the scene with more than $1,000, according to Princess Anne Police Chief Scott Keller.

In response to the bank robbery, Greenwood and Princess Anne elementary schools were placed on “Code Yellow.”

Under Code Yellow, doors and windows are locked and shades are closed, with instruction continuing as scheduled.

According to Somerset County Public Schools, the two schools were taken off Code Yellow Wednesday afternoon and resumed the structure of a normal school day.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore issued a “Hawk Alert” to its students notifying them of the crime and the suspect's description.

“The school alerts us through either text messages and email,” said exercise science student Chileshe Ngona, who lives in UMES campus housing. “They usually send out a mass email so the incident is reported to the campus police or the police around the area,” said Ngona.

According to the alert, the suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion, approximately 40 years old, 200 pounds and standing 5-feet, 9-inches tall. He is said to be wearing a white pullover and blue jeans with a black toboggan cap.

For UMES math lab coordinator Muna Elobaid, who has lived in an apartment complex between the university and BB&T bank for about five years, said this is the first she's ever heard of a serious crime happening in a small community such as Princess Anne.

“I saw the police, a helicopter and they were asking me if I saw suspicious someone wearing tan and hooded clothing,” said Elobaid recalling when police began evacuating the surrounding businesses near the bank.

“It was just strange for me. I mean, Princess Anne (is) a safe and quiet area,” said Elobaid.

There were no injuries reported by Princess Anne police during the robbery.

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