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The Santa Monica Police Department said they received calls about the gunman robbing the Wells Fargo on the 900 block of Montana on Tuesday. They released a photo of the gunman, who was wearing a mask

Brazen armed robber wearing a skull mask holds-up Santa Monica bank and riding to flee the area with $ 5000 as police

  • The Santa Monica Police Department said they received calls about the gunman robbing the Wells Fargo on the 900 block of Montana on Tuesday
  • A photo released by SMPD shows the gunman sporting a skull mask and a black hoodie
  • According to Santa Monica police Lt. Candice Cobarrubias, the man is said to have stolen between $ 3,000 to $ 5,000
  • Police say the man fled the scene and jumped over a wall at the back of the bank
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The Santa Monica Police Department said they received calls about the gunman robbing the Wells Fargo on the 900 block of Montana on Tuesday. They released a photo of the gunman, who was wearing a mask

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The Santa Monica Police Department said they received calls about the gunman robbing the Wells Fargo on the 900 block of Montana on Tuesday. They released a photo of the gunman, who was wearing a mask

California authorities are searching for a masked gunman who robbed a bank or $ 5,000 before fleeing the scene.

The Santa Monica Police Department said that it received calls that the suspect had entered a Wells Fargo on the 900 block of Montana near 9th at around 9.51am PT on Tuesday.

In a series of Twitter posts, the department that shared the suspect had entered the bank with a 'shotgun type of firearm and demanded money.

A photo released by SMPD shows the gunman sporting a skull mask and a black hoodie.

Police told local residents to stay out of the area as they searched for the suspect, adding that people should "close and lock all windows and doors."

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They established a shelter in place order while searching for the suspect, lifting it at approximately 3.30pm PT.

The police did share on Twitter that they struggled to find the masked gunman.

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Police say the man fled the scene and jumped over a wall at the back of the bank

Police say the man fled the scene and jumped over a wall at the back of the bank

Police say the man fled the scene and jumped over a wall at the back of the bank

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"We understand this has been very stressful on the community and appreciate your patience and understanding," the department added.

A woman claiming to be in the area shared a photo of a SWAT team searching for the suspect.

According to Santa Monica police Lt. Candice Cobarrubias, the man is said to have stolen between $ 3,000 to $ 5,000.

"The suspect was like jumping into a wall to the rear of the bank … in the 800 block of Ninth Street," Cobarrubias explained to KTLA.

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