Bank robbery under investigation
UPDATED 5:50 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — Police are looking for a man who may have red paint on his body in connection with a bank robbery late Friday morning in Champaign.
Champaign police Lt. Robert Rea said that a man entered First Midwest Bank, 812 W. Springfield Ave., at 11:50 a.m., handed the teller a note, demanded money and left, heading east on foot.
Champaign Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said the robber implied he had a gun, but witnesses never actually saw one displayed. The robber was in the bank for less than a minute.
Rea did not have information on the number of people in the bank at the time of the robbery. Nobody in the bank was reported hurt.
The robber was described as a black man, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall. He has a thin build, is about 35 years old and was wearing a dark blue baseball cap, a long dreadlock-looking wig down to his waist, sunglasses, an orange-brown-and-tan plaid button-up shirt and blue jeans.
Rea said a dye pack (a radio-controlled incendiary device used by some banks to mark stolen cash with dye) went off as the robber made his getaway.
Daniels said a witness reported seeing what appeared to be a red dye pack exploding while in the possession of the robber. The explosion may have caused red dye to get on the robber’s clothing and may have injured him while he was just east of the bank.
“We might be looking for a guy with a bunch of paint in his face,” Rea said. “He may have red dye on his body somewhere.”
Rea said the red paint may not be on the man’s face, but could be on his hands or another part of his body.