The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man believed to be responsible for an armed robbery of Yosemite Bank on Main Street in Groveland Tuesday afternoon.

Sgt. Andrea Benson said the suspect was able to escape with cash and was last seen running on foot in the direction of Deer Flat Road, just hundreds of feet from Yosemite Bank, located on the 18500 block of Main Street.

Bank employees contacted the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office at 2:40 p.m. after the man entered into the bank with a small handgun and demanded money, Benson said. Five employees and one customer were inside during the robbery, she said.

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene at 2:44 p.m. after the suspect had fled the area.

Just before 3:30 p.m., Benson said that deputies were still at the bank. Surveillance footage shows a heavyset white man, his eyes and forehead covered with a beanie and glasses, hoisting a pistol into the air as he walks past the first bank teller desk.

Benson said the amount of money stolen could not be confirmed until the investigation had been completed.

A representative at Yosemite Bank could not be reached for comment.

The man was wearing a black parka type jacket, light colored cargo-style pants, a beanie with a neon green stripe, dark sunglasses and carrying a silver colored backpack.

Benson said the suspect had the gun when he fled the bank. A helicopter was being used Tuesday afternoon to assist in the search, Benson added.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office requests that anyone that sees the suspect call (209) 533-5815.

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