Bank reports attempted robbery

Police are searching for this man for questioning in an attempted bank robbery Wednesday morning at the United Bank at 199 Valley Pike in Winchester. Courtesy image

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office reports it received a 911 call of an attempted robbery at the United Bank branch at 199 Front Royal Pike on Wednesday morning.

“The suspect entered the bank asking about opening an account,” a Sheriff’s Office news release stated. “He exited the bank and walked to a white van occupied with other individuals. A bank employee was watching the individual and noticed he put on a black hoodie, covered his head and grabbed a black bag, and was headed back into the bank. The employee was able to lock the doors and the suspect was not able to make entry a second time.”

The release noted that the suspect then ran toward the van, which left in an unknown direction.

The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m., said Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland, who was at the scene.

“This morning we had a black male come in here,” Millholland said. “Initially he had gone inside, talked to the teller and left and returned. We feel his intention upon returning was to rob the bank. We were contacted. He decided that it was not a good time to rob the bank. … We don’t know what he was doing initially but he had been here once and then left, I guess with the intention of coming back.”

This image is taken from video at the United Bank at 199 Valley Pike in Winchester. Courtesy image

Millholland said it’s unlikely that the individual in question was involved in the recent bank robberies reported in Winchester, Maryland and West Virginia.

“We can’t say for sure, but it doesn’t match the description of the other ones that we’ve had,” he said.  “Like everything else, he’ll turn up,” said Millholland. “You can’t hide forever.”

The suspect is described as a black male. He was wearing a gray and white striped shirt under a black hoodie, denim shorts, a knit cap and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162, Crime Solvers at 540-665-TIPS, or Lt. Keith Covert at 540-303-3575 or kcovert@fcva.us.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland, center, stands in front of the United Bank branch where an attempted robbery was reported Wednesday morning. Nathan Budryk/Daily