'Concerned citizen' chased Mount Washington bank robber, Pittsburgh police say

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A "concerned citizen" in Mount Washington started chasing a bank robber who shot at him before running away this afternoon, Pittsburgh police said.

The pursuer, who was outside on the street during the robbery, was not hit by the gunfire after the man robbed First Niagara Bank at 122 Shiloh St. around 12:15 p.m. today, authorities said.

Dispatchers received a 911 call for shots fired at 12:37 p.m.

Before the chase, the man entered the bank and immediately jumped over the front counter, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a press release.

He removed an undisclosed amount of money from the cash drawers of two tellers and fled on foot down West Sycamore Street onto Maple Terrace, she said. The man got into a gold Jeep Cherokee parked on Beam Way, Ms. Richard said.

No one was injured, she said.

Police described the robber as a 20- to 30-year-old black male, 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds, with a thin build. The man wore all black with a bandana covering his face, Ms. Richard said. He was carrying a silver handgun and brown cloth bag, she said.

The FBI's bank robbery task force is helping Pittsburgh police in their investigation, FBI spokeswoman Kelly Kochamba said.

Ms. Richard said the First Niagra Bank robbery is not thought to be connected to a PNC robbery in the South Side that occurred hours later, though both robberies are still under investigation.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published March 13, 2013 3:15 PM


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