CHAMPAIGN -- Two bank robberies happening only minutes apart and police are still searching for suspects. It all started Friday at 10:30 am. Police were called to an active robbery at Region's Bank on State Street.
Minutes later, another call about another armed robbery at the Champaign County Student Employee Credit Union off Mattis. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley finds out if the hold-ups are related.
Police are trying to determine if the crimes are connected. Hours ago, Region's Bank was surrounded by armed police officers. Little did they know this was just the beginning.
Police say a man walked inside, told everyone he had a gun and demanded money. He took cash and headed north toward University Avenue.
"He's described as a black male, 22-23 years old, somewhere between 5'5" and 5'6", carrying a black book bag, wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants or jeans, gym shoes and a black headband and hood during the robbery."
A woman was taken to an ambulance by stretcher, but police say there were no injuries.
"We didn't get any implication that this person wanted to harm anyone else, but it seems the motive was to get cash."
About ten minutes later, ten squad cars sped off and ended up near the Champaign County Student Employee Credit Union off Mattis. It was just 17-minutes after the Region's robbery and another one was in progress here.
"We certainly have the resources to deal with two things going on at the same time. However, it is complicated."
Police say the man who robbed the credit union showed his gun and demanded money. Now they're searching for yet another suspect.
"The suspect in the South Mattis robbery is described as a black male, about 5'5", 170 pounds, wearing all black including a black stocking cap. We're guessing the age right now to be mid-30's."
Two robberies, two suspects on the loose. Now police need your help. If you know anything about either robbery, call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.
Champaign County Crime Stoppers
(217) 373 - TIPS
Text: CCTip + info to CRIMES (274637)
Update: 11:57 am
CHAMPAIGN -- Two area schools were put on lock-down after police responded to a report of a bank robbery. It happened about 10:45 am at Region's Bank at the corner of State and Clark streets.
A woman was taken from the bank on a stretcher, but there's no word of the extent of her injuries. Meanwhile, police raced to Colonial Village Apartments off Mattis near Holiday and Stonegate.
There were reports suspects had been seen in the area, and they were to be considered armed and dangerous. Centennial High and Jefferson Middle schools were put on lock-down at that time.
Original: 10:46 am
CHAMPAIGN -- Police are responding to Region's Bank for a report of a bank robbery. It's in the 100-block of South State Street.