Update, Feb.19: Gainesville Police are searching for Anderson Dixon, 54, of Atlanta, who they suspect robbed the BB&T on Jesse Jewell Parkway on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Dixon allegedly walked into the bank through the main lobby and passed a note to a teller demanding money or they would be shot, according to a news release from Gainesville Police.
The teller handed over the money while the rest of the bank employees “acted professionally and efficiently.” They were able to provide police with information that led to quick distribution of information and a heavy police presence in the area.
“We want to thank our community, FBI, GBI, Hall County Probation, and Hall County Sheriff’s Office for their roles in providing vital information during the course of the investigation,” Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said in the release. “How the bank employees responded while in fear for their lives should also be commended. We are fortunate no one was physically hurt during this incident, but we must continue to show those involved our support as we move forward.”
Dixon is being charged with terroristic threats and armed robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call 770-534-5251.
Previous story: Gainesville Police are seeking a bank robbery suspect who fled the BB&T on foot in the area of Jesse Jewell Parkway and West Academy Street.
The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the BB&T at 455 Jesse Jewell Parkway SW. The property near Wild Wing Cafe was surrounded by police tape.
“It’s taped off for crime scene investigation purposes,” said Gainesville Police Cpl. Jessica Van.
The bank is closed, according to a message on its voicemail. People were trickling out of the building and getting into their cars to leave around 11:30 a.m.
Van said the suspect demanded money and did leave with money, although she’s not sure with how much.
“I don’t know for sure, but I do believe that the employees were under the impression that he was armed,” she added.
The suspect is described as a black man about 6 feet tall with a goatee and wearing a navy blue trench coat or raincoat, a tan collared shirt and a tan rain hat.
Police vehicles were seen cruising the nearby neighborhood.
The robbery is under active investigation. If you have information, contact Gainesville Police at 770-534-5251.