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Sheriff's deputies search for East Lake bank robber

EAST LAKE — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who dressed as a woman and robbed a bank Friday afternoon, authorities say.

Just before 4 p.m., the suspect, described as a black man wearing a wig and a long, purple sweater over black stretch pants, entered the Bank of America at 2551 Tarpon Woods Blvd., deputies said.

The man implied he had a gun, but none was seen and no one was hurt, deputies said. He is described as 5-foot-10 and about 175 pounds.

Deputies say the suspect fled from the bank on foot into a nearby neighborhood, where he forced a man to drive him through the search perimeter to Philippe Park.

The suspect then jumped out of the man's car at the park. The driver was not hurt.

Sheriff's deputies search for East Lake bank robber 11/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2009 8:57pm]

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