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FBI: Two arrested in East Anchorage bank robbery

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: December 6, 2019
  • Published December 4, 2019

Update, 3:30 p.m. Friday: The FBI and Anchorage police have arrested two suspects in connection with Wednesday’s armed robbery of a Wells Fargo in East Anchorage, the FBI said in a statement.

“The suspects were identified as a result of information received from members of the public,” FBI Special Agent Steve Forrest wrote in an email. The investigation is ongoing.

Original story:

Two people were injured during an East Anchorage bank robbery Wednesday afternoon, according to an FBI spokesman.

Wednesday’s robbery at the Wells Fargo located at 5740 DeBarr Road marks the sixth time the bank has been robbed since 2017.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help identifying the two robbers, one of whom was carrying a shotgun when he entered the bank around 2:30 p.m., according to a written statement from the FBI.

Suspect in a bank robbery in East Anchorage, Dec. 4, 2019. (FBI)
Suspect in a bank robbery in East Anchorage, Dec. 4, 2019. (FBI)

A customer and an employee were injured during the robbery, said spokesman Steve Forrest. One was treated and released at the bank, but Forrest said another was brought to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Details were not available Thursday about how they were hurt.

The FBI described one of the men as around 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a black beanie, black bandana and black zip-up jacket with a hood.

The second man was described as around 6 feet, 2 inches tall and wearing a black beanie, black bandana, gray zip-up jacket and sunglasses. “This individual was brandishing a shotgun.” The FBI said in a written statement.

The Wells Fargo on DeBarr was robbed three times in 2018 and twice in 2017, according to news articles. In October 2018, Christopher Hatting was sentenced to spend four years in prison for robbing the branch on three separate occasions, according to an online statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s robbery is asked to call the Anchorage FBI office at 907-276-4441 or Anchorage police at 311 or Crimestoppers at 907-561-STOP.

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