New Athens police search for robber near school complex

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NEW ATHENS, IL (KTVI) - Schools in New Athens, IL were placed on lockdown while police searched for a bank robbery suspect in the area. The U.S. Bank branch on Spotsylvania St. was robbed Friday at about 10am. The suspect fled toward an apartment complex nearby, which is near school campus which houses the elementary, middle, and high schools.

Parents were quickly notified and were allowed to pick up students.

According to police, a black male dressed in a pink dress and a wig passed the teller a note but did not display a weapon. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of moneyand he left on foot south bound from the bank. Witnesses saw the male throw the wig under the bush outside the bankand the dress was recovered under an overhang on a garage nearby.

Witnesses then saw the man enter into an apartment at 1109 Phillips Street, not far from where the dress was hidden.

Police arrived and a perimeter was set up. New Athens police made multiple attempts to get the man out of the apartment, but he did not comply. The ILEAS Tactical Response Team was contacted and activated and at approximately 2:0pm the suspect was taken into custody.

He is being held in St. Clair County Jail pending charges.