UPDATE: Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Monday, March 4, 2013

Police have arrested the man they believe robbed a downtown Wichita bank Friday morning.

Very soon after police posted surveillance photos to social media Friday afternoon, officers received a call from an acquaintance of the suspect who had seen the photo on Facebook. He told police the man's name and how to contact him.

Police called the person, who said he didn't want to talk. As officers were searching for him, the man turned himself in shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.

That man, 52-year-old Billy L. Wilson, Jr., was arrested and booked on a federal bank robbery charge.

Police say this is the fastest anyone has responded to their requests for help through social media.

Wilson has not yet been officially charged.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Police are investigating a robbery at a downtown Wichita bank.

The robbery was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. at Commerce Bank, located at Central and Main.

According to Sedgwick County dispatchers, the suspect walked into the bank and told the teller he had a gun, though one was never seen. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He's described as a white man in his 50s, about 5 feet, 2 inches tall with a heavy build. He has gray hair and a scruffy beard. He was wearing a waist-length blue coat.

If you've seen someone matching this description, you're asked to call 911.

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