FBI releases new surveillance video, pictures in ‘Scream’ mask robbery


Officials are investigating an armed bank robbery by two suspects wearing “Scream” masks in Lakewood on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (Photo: FBI Denver Division)

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The FBI released video of armed bank robbers wear “Scream” costumes who held up a U.S. Bank on Wednesday morning in Lakewood.

It happened at the branch at 1414 Carr St. about 9:10 a.m. Two men wearing “Scream” masks shoved guns in the faces of bank tellers, threatened to kill them and robbed the bank.

The video clips released Thursday show the robbers pointing handguns and threatening the bank tellers inside the bank vault.

The FBI said it is one of the most violent bank robberies seen by the task force in some time. One of the bank tellers went to the hospital with minor injuries.

The suspects left in a stolen Jeep, which they abandoned near 14th Avenue and Garrison Street, then fled in a black SUV.

Lakewood police set up a perimeter in the area and used K-9s to search for the men to no avail.

New photographs also show the getaway vehicle as a black SUV with a rear window that might be broken. The SUV appears to be a 1999 to 2003 Lexus RX 300.

The FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force is looking for the robbers. They are described as two males of unknown race, both around 6-foot weighing around 180 pounds, possibly in their late 20s. One suspect was wearing a sweatshirt that said “Mexico.”

Task force detectives believe the robbers might be connected to another man who entered a 7-11 at 1110 S. Pierce St. in Lakewood minutes before the robbery at the U.S. Bank. He wore a skeleton mask and fired two bullets into the wall of the store as a possible diversion.

U.S. Bank has added $10,000 to the usual Crime Stoppers reward for tips leading to the arrest of the robbers, making the total reward $12,000.

If anyone has any information on the bank robbery above or any bank robbery, please call the FBI at 303-629-7171; or, you can remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

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