Police, FBI searching for man in Somerton bank robbery

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The bank robbery suspect told a teller that he was carrying a bomb, FBI officials said. (FBI photo)

Police and the FBI are searching for a man who robbed a First Niagara Bank branch in Somerton Thursday morning.

The man walked into the bank on Bustleton Avenue near Hendrix Street at 9:26 a.m. and slid a threatening demand note to a teller saying that he was carrying a bomb, FBI officials said.

The man was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot. Surveillance cameras recorded the incident and the FBI released photos of the suspect Thursday afternoon.

The robber is described as a black man in his 30s, who is about 6 feet 3 inches tall. He is thin, has a dark complexion and was wearing a black scarf across his face. The man was also wearing a black trench coat and a black baseball cap with “PHILLY” embroidered on the front.

Tipsters are asked to call the police tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or the FBI at 215-418-4000. FBI officials said there may be a reward for information leading to the suspect. Tipsters may also reach the police department online.