Update: FBI Now Investigating Wells Fargo Bank Robbery

Armed robber held up Peachtree Parkway branch with a semi-automatic handgun.

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- Shortly after 11 0'clock this morning a lone gunman entered the Wells Fargo branch on Peachtree Parkway and Spalding Drive and demanded money from one of the bank tellers. During the robbery he shot a male employee before making off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Cpl. Jake Smith, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said that a customer entering the bank heard gunshots and ran out of the building and called police.

Gwinnett police said that the suspect is a black male with a light complexion in his early 20s to early 30s in age and slender build. He was wearing a black dread type wig possibly with a hat and brandishing a small caliber semi-automatic handgun. He was seen leaving in a bluish green sedan.

Because a gun was used in the crime, the FBI is now taking over the investigation said Cpl. Smith.

According to Stephen Emmett, FBI spokesman, the bank employees complied with the robber's demands and do not know at this point why he began firing. The FBI's report said that the robber began firing toward the teller counter, striking a bank employee in the arm.

According to police, the bank employee was shot in the arm and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. No information is available on the number of employees that may have been in the bank at the time of the robbery.

The robber is also believed to be responsible for a bank robbery last Monday, June 13, of a Wells Fargo branch on Centerville Highway in Snellville.

Anyone with information should contact the Atlanta office FBI at 404-679-9000 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

Wells Fargo is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that leads to the capture or conviction of the gunman.


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