Shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, a man wearing a black hat, mask, black clothing and a black leather jacket walked into the Boone County Bank in downtown Logan, produced two handguns and robbed the bank, taking an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing on foot out the front door, reportedly toward Elm Street.
The robber reportedly had a small-caliber handgun (.22 or .25) and a large, magnum revolver.
"When he came out the door, he pointed one of them right at me," said Logan City Patrolman J.R. Adkins who gave chase to the suspect, who reportedly jumped into a four-door green automobile and fled the scene.
Members of the Logan Police Department, assisted by the Logan County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police, then gave chase.
At one point, the robber was believed to be heading toward Stollings and police and fire fighters were instructed to block traffic in that area.
Police were reportedly able to recover one handgun. Shortly after the initial flurry of 911 dispatches, an older model green Buick LeSabre was pulled over in the West Logan area by 3:01 p.m. and police were looking for additional suspects who may have been in the getaway vehicle.
But, the green Buick was being driven by a female who was not the robber.
Ward noted that he felt it was a good idea to search his area due to the last bank robbery in the area taking place close by.
"Be aware that they are armed," Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper of the Logan Police Department told other officers looking for the suspects.
Logan County Schools Superintendent Wilma Zigmond ordered all the schools on Midelburg Island locked down today since the robber is still at large.
“I locked down Logan High School, Logan Middle School and Logan Grade School because they haven’t caught the person who robbed the bank yesterday,” Zigmond said. “It’s a precautionary measure. The person may not even come onto the island, but being in Logan, I thought it was a good idea.”
Shortly after 4 p.m., investigators returned to the bank to interview tellers and other witnesses. Later that evening, state police, municipal police and sheriff's deputies reportedly met with FBI agents about the incident and to review the video surveillance footage.
No suspects were named, however officers did have at least two persons of interest they were looking for, including the primary suspect in an earlier bank robbery that happened on in November 2007. The suspect in that robbery was identified but the case was handed over to the FBI and no charges were filed on him.
(Managing Editor Michael Browning also contributed to this report.)