Police: Man robs bank in Ebensburg

EBENSBURG – A man robbed the First National Bank office in Ebensburg at knifepoint Monday afternoon and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Police said a man entered the bank on West High Street and displayed a long knife before demanding money.

The man ordered everyone inside the bank to get down and demanded two tellers deposit money into a blue gift bag, Ebensburg Borough Police Chief Terry Wyland said.

The man told the tellers, “Thanks,” then fled out a side door, Wyland said.

No one was injured during the robbery, Wyland said.

The man is described as a white male, about 40 to 50 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and about 225 to 250 pounds, Wyland said.

The man was wearing glasses, jeans, an old-fashioned black dress hat and a scarf to conceal his face, Wyland said.

The man was carrying a cane and a small blue gift bag during the robbery.

Troopers from the Pennsylvania state police barracks in Ebensburg were eating lunch about a block away from the bank when the first emergency call was dispatched about 12:25 p.m., Wyland said.

State troopers ran down the street to the bank and were quickly joined by borough police, who were among the first to respond to the scene, Wyland said.

Officers from Cambria, Adams, Cresson, Jackson and Croyle townships as well as Gallitzin and Nanty Glo borough police departments also responded to the scene.

Officers canvassed the area on foot searching for the suspect. Police checked local businesses and bars but did not locate the man Monday afternoon.

Area schools, including Central Cambria School District, Admiral Perry Vocational-Technical School, Holy Name Elementary School and Bishop Carroll Catholic High School were all locked down during the incident, Cambria 911 officials said.

The lockdown came as a surprise to students and faculty at Central Cambria School District after last week’s practice exercise, school officials said. Faculty, staff and about 80 students participated in a mock lockdown during an active shooter exercise with local law enforcement at Central Cambria High School last Friday.

Police said surveillance footage from the bank and nearby buildings could be helpful in identifying the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to contact Ebensburg police at 472-8930.