On Friday at Today at approximately 12:24 p.m., Pima County Sheriff's deputies from the Foothills District responded to the Chase Bank inside the Basha’s Shopping Center located at 8360 North Thornydale Road in reference to a bank robbery.

A Hispanic male entered the bank branch, approached a teller and made demands for money. He told the bank teller he had a bomb. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled in an unknown direction from the bank. He left a suspicious package on the teller window when he left. The Bank, the Basha’s, and adjacent stores were immediately evacuated.

The Pima County Regional Bomb Squad responded to further investigate. At approximately 2:30 p.m., members of the Bomb Squad entered the bank to view the device. A robot was also sent inside to the teller window to manipulate the device. It was determined to be a hoax.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30-40’s, 5’7” to 5’9” tall. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark colored shirt and a yellow reflective traffic vest. He was also wearing a black wig under a white “ASU” ball cap. Photographs were previously released of the suspect in an attempt to identify and locate him. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).

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