Authorities seek bank robbery suspect's identity

Both the local Salem police as well as agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are seeking clues to the identity of the individual who robbed the Oregon State Credit Union on January 4. The public has been asked to assist authorities with naming the suspect.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a 40-ish white male walked into the branch at 510 Wallace Road Northwest. Police estimate him to be between 5'10" and 6' with a medium build. He wore light-colored blue jeans, a heavy, darker blue coat, dark boots and a black mask and beanie on his head. His hands were covered in dark gloves. He was armed with what looked like a dark-colored semi-automatic pistol.

After demanding cash from several bank tellers, he fled the area on foot.

Armed robbery of a bank is a very serious federal crime. Any time a weapon is used in the commission of a crime, the police take it very seriously. While no one was hurt in this armed robbery, that outcome can never be guaranteed, as there are simply too many variables at play during any robbery scenario.

The desperation a wanted bank robber can feel may increase the likelihood of him or her reacting violently to law enforcement should they discover his or her identity and attempt to make an arrest. A hostage situation could even develop with innocent bystanders getting caught in the crossfire of a police shootout with a suspect.

While no one wants to contemplate being sent to prison, reaching out to a criminal defense attorney and arranging to surrender on bank robbery charges can de-escalate a very tense situation between a suspect and law enforcement.

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