Detectives are searching for a man who robbed an Easton bank on Monday afternoon.
The suspect robbed Westamerica Bank, 5751 S. Elm Ave., around 3 p.m., leaving with an unknown amount of cash stuffed into a duffel bag, said Tony Botti, Fresno County sheriff’s spokesman.
Botti said the man walked into the bank wearing a mask, placed a handgun on the counter, and told the teller to fill his bag with cash. He then ran, taking off along Fantz Avenue, and was last seen in a field northwest of the bank. The sheriff’s office was using a helicopter to search for him.
Botti said there were four employees and a customer in the bank when it was robbed. No one was injured.
Detectives believe the suspect is a thin white man, ranging in age from 20 to 50. Witnesses said he had gray stubble on his face and his hair was in a braid. He was described as about 5-foot 3-inches tall, weighing 140 to 145 pounds.
When he robbed the bank, he was wearing a mask with a wig attached that covered the top half of his face. Botti said the mask was black and white and resembled those worn by some fighters in a Spanish wrestling league.
Anyone with information about the suspect or robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP where a tip leading to an arrest can earn a $1,000 reward.