Police seek to ID man after Gwinnett bank robbery

Days after an armed man attempted to rob a Gwinnett County bank, police released a photo of a man they say matches his physical description.

The man in the photo was seen at another bank branch a week before the July 7 robbery of the Piedmont Bank on Peachtree Parkway, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington said.

Police also released a surveillance photo from inside the Peachtree Parkway bank of an armed man whose face was covered.

“Due to him matching the physical description of the suspect, police would like to identify and talk to him,” Washington said.

The unidentified man inside the bank was waiting at the Peachtree Parkway branch when an employee arrived for work about 6:45 a.m., police said. The man forced the employee inside at gunpoint and “demanded that the employee open the vault and not activate any of the security alarms inside the bank.”

“The employee told the suspect that she did not have the access codes to the vault,” Washington said earlier. “After tying the employee up and leaving her in the restroom, he took her purse that contained her cellphone and personal cash.”

The suspect, described as a man over 6 feet tall and around 220 pounds, then walked out of the bank and got into the backseat of a silver Jeep Liberty, police said. The car was later found at a nearby apartment complex.

Anyone with information should contact police at (770) 513-5300. Tipsters can also remain anonymous — and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000 — by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-8477, texting information to 274637, or visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org.