Last week on March 14, two South Pittsburgh banks were held up within hours of each other.
Shortly after noon, the First Niagara Bank - Mt. Washington Branch located in the 100 block Shiloh was robbed. Witnesses reported the suspect entered the bank and immediately jumped over the front counter.
The bank robber was described as a black man, 20-30 years old, 5’5”, 140 lbs., with a small/thin build and was wearing all black with a bandana covering face. He was carrying a silver handgun and a brown cloth bag.
After the suspect removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the cash drawers of two tellers, he jumped back over the counter and fled the bank on foot.
A witness who was outside of the bank was told by a bystander the bank had just been robbed. The witness then chased the bank robber down Sycamore Street, shouting at him to stop.
The suspect turned, firing a single shot at the witness and continued running turning onto Maple Terrace and got into a gold colored Jeep Cherokee parked on Beam Way. No one was injured during this incident/
That same day, at 2:45 p.m. the PNC Bank in the 2600 block of E. Carson was also robbed.
Responding officers were met at the bank by an employee who said a white man, 25-35 years-old, 5’10”, 160 lbs. with a medium build entered the bank and demanded money. The suspect handed the employee a note that read, “this is no joke, this is no 911 don’t push any buttons or I’ll blow you away.”
The employee complied handing the actor an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect left through the front doors. A weapon wasn’t seen and no one was injured.
The suspect had black curly shoulder length hair and was clean shaven and had braces. He was wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt, gray sweat pants, black tennis shoes, black sunglasses and black and white gloves.
The Pittsburgh Police Robbery Squad and Major Crime Unit responded to process both crime scenes. Anyone with information regarding either of the incidents is asked to contact the Robbery Squad at 412-323-7151. Callers may remain anonymous.