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Salt Lake City police quickly nab bank robbery suspect

Published August 4, 2012 7:48 am

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A 41-year-old Colombian national was being held without bail Friday, the day after he allegedly held up a downtown Salt Lake City bank.

Salt Lake City police Detective Dennis McGowan said a man entered the Wells Fargo branch at 778 S. Main St. just before noon Thursday, brandished a black handgun, jumped over the counter and demanded cash. A clerk complied and the robber fled, reportedly getting into a gold Buick sedan.

A clerk complied and the robber fled the bank, reportedly getting into a gold Buick sedan.

McGowan said investigators, acting on "quite accurate" descriptions provided by bank employees and customers, located the suspect at his place of work a few hours later and took him into custody without incident. Witnesses also provided the getaway car's license plate number, according to a probable cause statement.

Specifics about the man's workplace or its location were not immediately released.

The man was booked into Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of first-degree felony aggravated robbery.

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