Police search for gunman who robbed bank

Brandishing a rifle, a man robbed the Citizens Bank branch at 7248 Rising Sun Ave. last Friday night.

Surveillance photo

An armed man robbed the Citizens Bank branch at 7248 Rising Sun Ave. last Friday night.

The FBI/Philadelphia Police Department Violent Crimes Task Force said the robbery took place at 6:51 p.m. The man entered the bank and approached the teller counter. Brandishing a rifle, he verbally demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash and placing it in his duffel bag, he exited the bank.

The man fled through a hole in the chain-link fence at the southwest corner of the bank’s parking lot, heading west across an adjacent parking lot and crossing Oakley Street. He continued west through the parking lot of the former Pathmark store, and was last seen heading in the direction of the nearby railroad tracks.

The suspect is black, about 6 feet tall and 180 to 200 pounds, with a thin build. He was wearing a black ski mask concealing his face, black coat, light gray or white hooded sweatshirt, jeans and gloves, and carrying a dark-colored duffel bag. His weapon was a wood-grain rifle with a white strap.

The man is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call the task force at 215–418–4000. There is a reward for information leading to the man’s capture. Tipsters can remain anonymous. ••