Police threw a quiet but tight dragnet over downtown Astoria Monday afternoon after a robbery at the U.S. Bank.

Between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. an unknown man entered the branch at 987 Duane St. and reportedly demanded money from a teller.

It is not clear if a weapon was shown.

As the man escaped on foot from the bank, police were quickly alerted and blocked off Ninth and Exchange streets behind the bank.

A sign inside the front door of the bank explained that the branch was closed temporarily because of an emergency. At one point later in the afternoon, the drive-through window continued to operate. Police officers inside the bank took statements from bank employees and customers.

Early reports were that the robbery suspect may have stopped in the street to change his clothing before disappearing.

Police first focused their attention in the direction of Bond Street, but widened their search as the afternoon progressed. No other information was available.

It is the second bank robbery in Astoria in recent months. In late July, the Wells Fargo branch was robbed by two or more men. One suspect was arrested, with half the money, after a short car chase through Svensen.

See full story in Tuesday's edition of The Daily Astorian


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