MONTANA AVE — Santa Monica police and the FBI are searching for a man who allegedly robbed the Union Bank on 11th Street and Montana Avenue Wednesday.

The suspect, an unidentified white male in his 40s, entered the bank around 10 a.m. and robbed a teller while brandishing a semi-automatic handgun and fled the scene on foot.

No one was injured, and no shots were fired.

The suspect was able to escape despite the fact that officers were present on the scene, said Santa Monica Police Department spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.

As of Thursday afternoon no photos of the suspect have been released.

The FBI and the SMPD are working closely to track down the alleged robber.

Lewis said the department will hold a press conference regarding the robbery by the end of the weekend.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the SMPD at (310) 458-8599.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the WeTip hotline at (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or submit the tip online at

Tipsters can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS, texting from their mobile, or by visiting Callers may remain anonymous and may be qualified to receive a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers.

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