Masked suspect sought in Easton bank robbery

EASTON, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who robbed a bank in Easton. The robbery happened around 3 p.m. Monday at the Westamerica Bank on Elm Avenue near Fantz Avenue.

Investigators say a man with a gun walked into the bank wearing a black-and-white mask, which covered the top of his face and had a wig attached to it. They say he placed the gun on the counter and demanded the bank teller put money into a duffle bag. The teller put in an undisclosed amount of cash in the bag, and the suspect ran away toward a field.

The suspect is described as being between 20 and 50 years old, 5'3" tall, 140 to 145 pounds, with gray stubble on his chin and hair braided in the back.

Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the bank. They are also talking with business owners in the area.

One woman told Action News her 14-year-old daughter barely missed the dangerous situation.

"Like 15-20 minutes prior I sent her to go do a deposit, and I'm just glad that she just wasn't there. It's hard. It's scary," said Terry Ruiz.

Four employees and one customer were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. No one was injured.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Fresno County Sheriff's Office at (559) 600-3111.

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