On Wednesday, September 30, two armed gunmen held up the US Bank in Lakewood, Colorado, a well populated city in close proximity to Denver. Except this wasn’t a typical bank robbery. The two men were wearing masks on their faces from the movie “Scream.” Meanwhile, down the street, a third man was holding up a 7-Eleven convenience store. The organized crime spree in Lakewood resulted in the two men fleeing the scene of the bank robbery with an unknown amount of cash and making a getaway without being caught by local police.
Aggressive Robbery Tactics
Both the local Lakewood police force and FBI Denver have named the heist as one of the most “violent” in recent memory. The robbers pointed guns at the bank tellers and threatened to kill them if they did not cooperate. They screamed at bank employees and shoved them to the floor. While no one was seriously injured, one bank teller went to the hospital with injuries.
Both the FBI and the Lakewood police believe the simultaneous assault on the 7-Eleven just a few miles down the street was part of a concerted effort to ensure the bank robbery went smoothly. A man wearing a skeleton mask and holding a gun entered the 7-Eleven just one minute prior to the bank holdup. He also screamed at people to get down on the ground and fired two shots into the walls of the building. Curiously enough, the 7-Eleven assailant did not take anything from the store. He ran as soon as police showed up.
Investigators are certain the team of suspects has committed similar crimes before, with their knowledge of how the Lakewood police would respond and how they used a distraction tactic – the 7-Eleven incident. All three suspects managed to escape the police and now the FBI are on the hunt. They are concerned the knowledge and experience possessed by the criminals will cause them to strike again.
It’s so odd to resort to such crimes to get your hands on some cash when car title loans are so easy to get.
Help the Police in their Investigation
The bank robbery suspects used a Jeep reported as stolen to arrive at the bank. They abandoned this vehicle however, and completed their getaway in a black SUV which experts now believe is a black Lexus RX300, somewhere between the model years 1999 to 2003, with a broken rear window. The police used a K-9 unit to attempt to hunt down the suspects but to no avail. The two men who robbed the bank are both about six feet tall and 180 pounds. One man was wearing a T-shirt with the word “Mexico” on the front.
There is currently a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, plus another $10,000 offered to the person who provides a successful tip, courtesy of US Bank. You can call (720) 913-STOP or report information using the Denver Crime Stoppers app, available for free from iOS and Android app stores.