Shots fired in Wil­low Grove bank

Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Thomas Celona

tcelona@mont­gomerynews.com Po­lice are on the look­out for a man who fired two shots dur­ing an at­tempted bank rob­bery in Abing­ton Town­ship early Satur­day morn­ing.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at 6:45 a.m. March 23 at TD Bank, which is lo­cated at 2900 Moreland Road in the Wil­low Grove sec­tion of the town­ship, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

As an em­ployee ar­rived for work, a sec­ond em­ployee al­ready in­side went to un­lock the door to al­low the em­ployee to en­ter, but a masked man dressed all in black and car­ry­ing a hand­gun rushed up at that moment and at­tempted to en­ter the bank, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The two em­ploy­ees closed the door and locked it with the gun­man still out­side, but the man shot the front glass door and en­tered the bank.

While one em­ployee was able to es­cape out a back door, the man grabbed the other em­ployee and dragged him into the rear of the bank, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. A sec­ond shot was fired in­side the bank. The man pro­ceeded to threaten the em­ployee be­fore leav­ing with­out get­ting any money.

Both em­ploy­ees suf­fered su­per­fi­cial in­juries that did not re­quire treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. There were no cus­tomers or other em­ploy­ees in the bank at the time.

Po­lice de­scribed the gun­man as a black male who was wear­ing a black hooded sweat­shirt with the hood up and a black mask that cov­ered most of his face.

The man fled in a mid­size black SUV with chrome wheels headed south on Fitzwa­ter­town Road be­fore im­me­di­ately tak­ing a right onto Ok­la­homa Road, and a sec­ond per­son was in the ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Any­one who may have seen the ve­hi­cle in that area be­tween 6:15 and 7 a.m. is asked to con­tact the Abing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment by call­ing 267-536-1100 or the FBI by call­ing 215-418-4000.

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