Police searching for man who robbed Raleigh bank

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The Raleigh Police Department says the First Citizens Bank at 239 Fayetteville Street was robbed around 9:40 Friday morning.

Investigators have sent out surveillance photos of the man they're looking for.

He fled on foot after a teller complied with his demands. No weapon was seen and no one was hurt. He is described as a black man who stands about 5 feet 4 inches tall.

An eyewitness installing blinds in a nearby office window noticed smoke coming from the robber's backpack; a dye pack had exploded.

A witness said a dye pack in the bag of money exploded and the robber stopped to pick through the cash before leaving the scene (image courtesy Mark McCormick)

"He set stuff on the bench and started going through the backpack trying to dig out the money, you know, that didn't have the red dye on it," said eyewitness Mark McCormick. "And (he) set his hoodie down, tried to change a little bit and just casually walked off."

Anyone with information that might assist the investigation of the incident is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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