Frederick Ryan, Chief of Police
112 Mystic St.
Arlington, MA 02474
For Immediate Release
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Contact: Captain Richard Flynn, PIO
Contact: John Guilfoil
Arlington Police Investigating Armed Bank Robbery
ARLINGTON — Police Chief Frederick Ryan reports that the Arlington Police Department is investigating a Friday afternoon armed bank robbery.
Police responded to the Winchester Savings Bank on Medford Street at 1:30 p.m. for a report of a robbery. An investigation indicates that a partially masked man came into the bank, brandished a handgun, and demanded cash. He fled on foot with an unknown amount of money and was spotted in a dense residential neighborhood, removing his mask and a dark-colored sweatshirt.
The suspect, a black male in his 20s, is approximately 5-foot-9 with a medium build. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a light shirt.
Out of an abundance of caution, schools in the area sheltered in place during the search, which involved the Massachusetts State Police Airwing. The suspect was not found.
Chief Ryan praised the preparedness of the schools.
“The shelter in place procedures were followed flawlessly, with minimal disruptions. The schools showed that they are prepared for these kinds of situations, in which a potentially dangerous individual is believed to be in the neighborhood,” Chief Ryan said.
If anyone has any information on the robbery, they are asked to call the Arlington Police Department at 781-643-1212.