Police responded to an armed robbery at the PNC Bank Westmoreland Branch on Broad St. across from the School of Dentistry on Wednesday afternoon.
Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said that the suspect stole $12,000 from the bank, located on the 3200 block of N. Broad St. He fled south on Broad Street in the direction of W. Allegheny Ave., Leone added.
A TU Alert was sent out about the incident at around 2:50 p.m.
Leone described the suspect as a black male who is around 5 feet 9 inches tall and 215 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white tank top and light blue jeans with a white t-shirt covering his head.
The FBI will take the lead in the investigation, Leone said.
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The FBI and Philadelphia Police Department are investigating what they say are connected bank robberies that occured on the outskirts of Main Campus between June 8 and 12.
Police said in a press release that on Friday at 12:09 p.m., a man walked into the United Bank of Philadelphia at 1501 N. Broad St and handed the teller a threatening note. After obtaining an unkown amount of cash from the bank, the suspect fled the scene on foot.
Yesterday, a similar incident occured at the Bank of America at 1600 N. Broad St., where a suspect entered the bank at 10:00 a.m. and gave the teller a demanding note. The suspect obtained cash and fled on foot from this incident as well, according to police.
Police said that they believe the suspect who robbed the Bank of America yesterday is the same man who robbed the United Bank of Philadelphia on Friday.
He is described as a tall, black male around 40-years-old and of medium build. Anyone with information is asked to call the violent crimes task force at 215-418-4000.
This man is suspected by police of robbing two banks near Main Campus. Courtesy Philadelphia Police Department