UPDATED: O’Fallon police search for bank robbery suspect

O’FALLON – The U.S. Bank location on South Lincoln was robbed at gunpoint around 1:11 p.m. on Thursday.

According to the O’Fallon Police Department, the suspect entered the bank flourishing a hand gun and demanding money. The bank clerks complied with the suspect’s demands and he fled the bank in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was harmed during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a black male, 30-40 years of age, six feet tall, weighing approximately 250 pounds, wearing a dark jacket, ball cap, and blue jeans.  Preliminary reports reveal the suspect’s vehicle is a dark colored, mid-size SUV similar to a Dodge Durango or the like.

Currently, the suspect remains at large.

The suspect in Thursday’s robbery is believed to be connected to a bank robbery in Lebanon four months ago. The Regions bank, located along South Madison Street and East Schuetz Street, was robbed by a similar looking suspect driving a nearly identical vehicle.

O’Fallon Police Captain Jim Cavins said they are working with Lebanon to investigate these bank robberies.

“O’Fallon detectives continue to work with the Lebanon Police Department in evaluating evidence they believe will link the two incidents,” Cavins said.

Two other bank robberies took place last week, one in Glen Carbon on the same day as O’Fallon and one in Collinsville. Both are unrelated to the O’Fallon robbery.

For a short time period following the incident, schools in the immediate vicinity of the bank were placed on lockdown until a confirmation was reached that the suspect was out of the area. Schools placed on lockdown were Marie Schaefer, St. Clare, and OTHS Smiley.

District 90 released a statement following the lockdown thanking the police department for keeping them informed of the situation.

“District 90 is very grateful to the O’Fallon Police Dept. for their timely and thorough communication. Anytime there is an issue of potential concern in the area of our schools, they immediately contact us. Today they quickly issued a soft lockdown for the schools in the area of a matter they were handling, which happened to include Marie Schaefer. The lockdown was a precaution. The safety of our children, staff and citizens are their primary concern and we appreciate them for making O’Fallon a safe place to live and learn,” the statement read.

The O’Fallon Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance with investigating this crime.  If anyone was in the area at the time and believe they might have information, please call the O’Fallon Police Department at (618)624-4545, ext 0.

As a reminder, the suspect remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone who sees the suspect or the suspect vehicle is asked to not take action but call 9-1-1 immediately.