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      Kirksville bank robbery leads to manhunt

      UPDATE -- After further examination of surveillance video from the bank, the unknown suspect has been identified as a male of unknown race, approximately 5"0" - 5'3" in height, weighing anywhere from 140-160 pounds. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a blue hoodie with a single pocket on the front, a Joker style mask, black pants, dark gloves and dark footwear.

      The suspect also wielded a silver semi-automatic type handgun, small to medium in size, at the time of the robbery. No shots were fired and no one was injured as a result of the incident.

      However, according to authorities, the suspect fled on foot, with an undisclosed amount of money, traveling southbound across a creek and disappearing on the west side of a wooded area immediately southwest of the bank. It is unknown whether or not a car was involved in his escape.

      A coordinated multi-agency response failed to locate the suspect in the surrounding area. The robbery is still under a joint investigation by the Kirksville Police Department and the FBI.

      ??Based on the circumstances of this robbery we believe that someone out there has information that would help us in this investigation,?? said Chief of Police Jim Hughes. ??This is a great opportunity to send a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in Kirksville.??

      Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kirksville Police Department at (660)665-5621, the FBI at (660)665-6020, or leave information anonymously on the Kirksville Tip Line (627-BUST).

      In addition to the work of officers from the Kirksville Police Department and the FBI, The Adair County Sheriff??s Department, including the K-9 Unit, the Truman State University Department of Public Safety, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, also assisted with the initial response to the call.

      -------------------------------------------A bank robbery sparks a massive manhunt in Kirksville.

      Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes told KTVO a lone person entered the north branch of the Bank of Kirksville at roughly 9:00 Friday morning. The suspect was reportedly armed with a handgun. No one was injured in the robbery.Hughes characterizes the situation at this time as a "very active investigation." The Kirksville Police Department and the FBI are in a collaborative investigation of the robbery.

      Kirksville police and officers with the Adair County Sheriff's Office and Truman State University Department of Public Safety as well as a K-9 searched the area around the bank located at Baltimore Street and Potter Avenue.Hughes said the suspect was wearing a blue hoodie and a Joker face mask. Police are working a number of leads, including studying a surveillance picture taken at the time of the robbery.

      Hughes says a picture will be released by mid-afternoon.