Authorities are continuing to search for two suspects in a Tuesday bank robbery and on Wednesday released dramatic photos of the incident, in hopes someone may be able to identify the men.
The photos show the two suspects in the bank, with one of them carrying an assault rifle. One picture shows one of the men pointing the rifle at a teller, who has her left hand in the air.
“These individuals are violent and we consider them armed and dangerous,” FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said. “They came into the bank with a very assault-type weapon, high-capacity high-velocity-type weapon — very distinctive, someone should be able to recognize that weapon as well.”
The men entered the bank at 1430 Thompson Bridge Road at about 4:45 p.m. and announced the robbery, according to a news release from the FBI.
One man was carrying the assault rifle and the other a white bag.
The man with the rifle demanded money and both robbers at some point jumped over the teller counter, according to the release.
After obtaining the money they left the bank. Officials did not disclose the amount of money taken.
The man carrying the weapon indicated he may have had a home foreclosure, according to the release. Emmett declined to give further details except to say that aspect may help law enforcement understand the robbers’ mindset.
“But it certainly doesn’t justify armed bank robbery,” he said.
Neither suspect is wearing a mask in the photos, which was key in the FBI’s decision to release the images, Emmett said.
“We do feel that these are good photos and somebody should be able to recognize these individuals,” he said.
He said investigators will be looking at whether the suspects are linked to any other robberies, but do not currently have any information indicating that.
The robbers are described as being white men in their mid-20s to early 30s. Each one is medium build and medium height.
Gainesville police and the FBI are investigating the incident.
Police also are investigating a second robbery Tuesday at the Marathon convenience store, Wee Willy’s, on Industrial Boulevard but had no new information Wednesday in that case. It’s not believed to be related to the bank robbery.