UPDATED: Suspect sought in Gilroy bank robbery

The Gilroy Police Department and deputies with the Santa Clara

The Gilroy Police Department is looking for suspect wanted in a
Monday bank robbery in Gilroy. A Bank of America branch on Monterey
Road was robbed by at least one male suspect this morning,
according to the GPD. As of 12:30 p.m., the bank was closed until
further notice, according to security staff on site.
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The Gilroy Police Department is looking for a suspect wanted in a Monday bank robbery in Gilroy.

A Bank of America branch on Monterey Road was robbed when an Asian male, possibly between 30 and 40 years old, slipped a note to a teller demanding money, according to the GPD.

The man, still at large, made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, a portion of which was later found on a Valley Transportation Authority bus in Morgan Hill, according to GPD Officer Amanda Stanford.

The suspect is described as between 5-feet-8 and 5-feet-10-inches tall and between 160 and 180 pounds. During the robbery, the clean-shaven suspect was wearing a grey jacket with black sleeves, a tan baseball cap and blue jeans.

GPD Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said no arrests have been made.

As of 12:30 p.m., the bank was closed until further notice, according to security staff on site.

“We are still currently investigating. (The suspect’s) current whereabouts are unknown,” Gallacinao said.

Members of the GPD and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office blocked southbound lanes on Monterey Road between First and Howson streets, diverting traffic in front of the Longhouse Restaurant.

Police were seen interviewing three handcuffed males behind the King’s Rest Motel directly south of the restaurant, though all three were soon released from custody. One of them appeared to be a cab driver.

A restaurant employee who did not give her name said she thought the cab driver was being robbed when she walked outside and saw another man pointing a gun at him.

“He pointed the gun right at him,” she said, making a mock firearm with her thumb and forefinger.

She said she couldn’t tell if the armed man was a police officer or a possible suspect because he was not in uniform. Once she saw the gun, she said she became frightened and hurried back inside. She said customers wanted to walk outside to view what was happening, but she vigorously cautioned them to stay in the restaurant.

A motel employee who asked not to give her name said she saw police outside the motel but thought they were “just looking for drug people.” She said the motel didn’t have many tenants at the time and added there had never been any problems there before.

Gallacinao said the bank robbery was not related to a dead body found about 11 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Severance Street and Farrell Avenue.

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