Police seek man suspected of robbing Umpqua Bank in Phoenix

Multiple police agencies and a tracking dog are hunting for a bank robber who held up an Umpqua Bank branch in Phoenix this afternoon.

A man wearing a black ski mask and carrying a white plastic bag from Walmart entered the bank at 4000 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, just before 3:40 p.m., Phoenix Police Chief Derek Bowker said.

The robber didn't speak to three other customers in the bank, but went to a teller and demanded the bag be filled with money within 60 seconds, Bowker said. The man kept one hand inside the pocket of his black hooded sweatshirt, but witnesses didn't know if he had a weapon, police said.

Bowker said the robber got an unknown amount of money. He then ran from the bank, crossed the parking lot and fled west on Rose Street toward Barnum Drive.

The police dog was tracking the suspect along the railroad tracks. The search continues along the northwest edge of town.

Investigators said the robber was 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. The teller described him as white and said he spoke with a slight accent.

Phoenix and Talent police, one Jacksonville officer who was training with Phoenix, Oregon State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's department responded.

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