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Two Masked Men Rob Watsonville Bank, Startle Onlookers With Threats

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Two masked men, one holding a gun, robbed a bank at in downtown Watsonville this afternoon after threatening employees and customers if they failed to obey their orders, according to the Watsonville Police Department. The two men, both wearing dark-colored masks and one holding a silver revolver, entered the Comerica Bank at the Watsonville Square Shopping Center at 1998 MainSt. at about 12:48 p.m. and ordered the people inside to get on the floor, police said. The two men warned the onlookers that they would come to harm if they did not follow orders, police said. The unarmed suspect then leapt over the transaction counter and told tellers to hand over the cash in each drawer while the armed man stood by the front door with his gun pointed at the startled people inside, police said. After collecting an unknown amount of money, the unarmed suspect jumped back over the counter and left the bank with the armed man, police said.

The suspects may have fled the area in a silver four-door vehicle headed toward South Green Valley Road, police said. Once police arrived, bank workers and patrons appeared visibly shaken by what had transpired, police said. The armed suspect is described as an adult male about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and wearing a light gray hooded sweat shirt, tan pants dark gloves and a dark mask on his face. The other suspect is also a male adult about 5 feet 10 inches tall and medium build, wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, dark gloves and mask.

Watsonville police are working with the FBI on the investigation of the robbery and urge anyone with information about it to call the police department’s tip line at (831) 768-3544 or the department’s investigation bureau at (831) 768-3352.

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