Navajo Nation police look for Tuba City bank robber

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - A male suspect is on the loose after robbing the Tuba City Wells Fargo Bank on May 19 in the afternoon.

"When there's a robbery that occurs on the Navajo Nation, our number one concern is public safety," Navajo Nation President Rusell Begaye said. "We must protect innocent bystanders and ensure they call law enforcement and let them handle the situation."

He encouraged anyone who sees the suspect to please call the police department and report the location. The police are trained and know how to handle dangerous criminals. You can assist the law enforcement by being aware of your surroundings and by reporting any crimes."

Navajo Police Officer Roland Dash reported the bank robbery to Navajo Police headquarters in Window Rock.

The Tuba City Wells Fargo Bank reported the robbery at 1:42 p.m. The responding officer was Patrick Hall, who confirmed the robbery and asked for backup, including criminal investigators and the FBI.

Video cameras in the bank captured photo surveillance of the suspect.

The description of the suspect is a Native American male, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall, heavy set with long shoulder length hair. He was wearing a blue colored straw hat, dark sunglasses, blue jeans and a blue windbreaker.

Criminal investigators from the Navajo Police remained on the scene to conduct the investigation. The bank was shut down as the investigation took place. Local offices, such as the NTUA Tuba City District Office, also went on lockdown to protect the public and employees.

"The suspect didn't show a weapon, he just passed a note to the teller," Dash said. "He received the money and walked out of the bank."

The FBI Flagstaff Regional Office has jurisdiction in the case.

"Please remember to look out for each other. Take care of each other. We're a nation based on Hozho' and Ke'," Begaye said.

Anyone with more information about the case may call the Navajo Police at (928) 283-3111 or the FBI Flagstaff Regional Office at 928-774-0631.

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