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Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:15 pm | Updated: 5:13 pm, Tue Oct 26, 2010.

A branch of Chase Bank in Mesa was robbed and nearby Rhodes Junior High School was locked down for about 20 minutes while authorities searched the area for the robber who escaped.

Police responded to a report of a robbery with one shot fired at the bank at 1761 E. Baseline Road about 9:30 a.m. and discovered a customer with a nonlife-threatening wound. The wrist injury was caused by fragments of glass flying from a security glass window at the bank the robber fired at, according to Mesa police.

The suspect, who was described as a man wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a Navy SEALS baseball cap and a dark bandana covering his face, entered the bank and approached the teller. He fired one shot from a black handgun into the safety glass separating customers from employees and demanded money before the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled on foot heading to the southeast. Police said it’s possible the man left the apartment complex just south of the bank in an older, faded-red or maroon older-model Buick.

When the robbery happened, Rhodes Junior High, which is about a half-mile away at 1860 S. Longmore, was notified of the incident and placed under lockdown so no one could enter or leave the school’s campus, said Kathy Bareiss, spokeswoman for the Mesa Unified School District.

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