Search for armed robbery suspect continues in Saint John
2 schools were locked down as police searched for suspect in Bayview Credit Union holdup
Two Saint John schools were under lockdown Tuesday as police searched for a suspect in a brazen armed robbery on the city's west side.
The Bayview Credit Union on Main Street West was held up by an armed man shortly after 11 a.m., said Sgt. Rick Caswell.
The suspect fled on foot, in broad daylight on the busy street, with an undisclosed amount of money.
No one was injured, he said. But paramedics were on site to deal with bank employees.
"We had them assessed. Everyone appears to be OK," Caswell said.
Police have not said what type of weapon was used.
Barnhill Memorial School and Saint Rose School, both located on Manawagonish Road, were locked down for a couple of hours, as a precaution, while police combed the area.
The police canine unit was called in, along with the forensic identification unit.
Nearby resident Faye Macgarvie said she was planning to go to the bank shortly before the incident.
"I'm glad I didn't because I'm hyper now and I would have been really scared," she said.
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect and have released a photo of him taken from video surveillance.
He is described as being between his late 50s and 60, five-foot-ten to six feet tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a grey hoodie, blue jeans, sunglasses and black gloves.
Police seized a half-ton truck from an apartment building on nearby Greystone Terrace. People who live in the area told CBC News the vehicle had been left running in the parking lot.
The bank was cordoned off with yellow police caution tape as officers conducted interviews.
The tape has since been removed, but the bank will remain closed for the rest of the day, officials said.
Anna Florczynski, the bank's chief executive officer, declined to comment about the robbery.