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Robber hits Baylor Credit Union

Jan. 28, 1997

Matthew Lester/ The Baylor LariatBaylor DPS Chief Jim Doak and Sgt. Ray Casares survey the scene outside the Baylor University Employee Credit Union after the robbery. This is the second recent bank robbery to occur in the area surrounding Baylor University.

By Martha Roberts

Lariat Reporter

The FBI is looking for a man who robbed the Baylor University Employee Credit Union of an unspecified amount of money early Monday afternoon.

The man entered the credit union, located in the 2000 block of Fourth Street, about 1 p.m., displayed a weapon and demanded money before leaving on foot, Baylor Department of Public Safety Chief Jim Doak said.

Police officers from Waco and the University responded within minutes of notification, said Dr. Stan Madden, vice president for University marketing.

Law enforcement officers, with help from a county helicopter, combed the area near the credit union Monday afternoon.

'It was very quick, very clean,' Doak said. He also said there was no apparent connection between this robbery and last Wednesday's robbery at the Bank of America on South University Parks Drive.

The robber escaped through the credit union parking lot and down Ivy Street, according to witnesses.

Witnesses could not confirm whether the robber got into a vehicle, Doak said.

Brad Nickel, a witness, said a Regency Square resident attempted to chase the robber.

Det. Larry Murphy, a public information officer with the Waco Police Department, described the suspect as a black man, 6 feet 5 inches to 6 feet 7 inches in height, wearing a dark blue cap with a brown bill, a dark gray sweatshirt and dark pants.

Video from the credit union's security cameras will help the FBI and police unravel other questions surrounding the robbery, Madden said.

There was at one point confusionas to the weapon used by the perpetrator.

According to Madden, the weapon was a revolver of unknown caliber. However, Murphy described the weapon as a pistol.

Police declined to release the amount of money taken and withheld the names of witnesses.

Madden said the credit union knows the amount taken in the robbery but that the FBI wanted the amount to remain confidential.

'We're going to respect that decision (by the FBI),' Madden said. 'Right now, everyone is pretty much deferring to the FBI.'

As of 10p.m. Monday, Waco Police Department officials reported no developments in the case and still have no suspect named.

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