Police seek pair of gunmen

Gunmen bound the hands of employees and a customer during the robbery of a local bank Thursday morning.

Both the type of robbery, in which gunmen take over the bank instead of just slipping a teller a note or quietly demanding money, and the fact that the men tied up the employees are rare, Greenwood Police Department Assistant Chief Matthew Fillenwarth said.

Taking over the bank showed the men had planned and prepared for the robbery, including bringing zip ties to bind the hands of employees and customers, Fillenwarth said.

Police were looking for two suspects and possibly a third who was outside the bank communicating with the robbers on a radio.

Two men went into First Merchants Bank at 18 Providence Drive, near Worthsville Road and U.S. 31 in Greenwood, about 9:20 a.m. They were wearing hooded jackets, black gloves and ski masks and pointed pistols at employees and customers and ordered them to the floor.

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