(Sentinel photo by Beverly Van Buskirk)
The suspect is described as being a white male, between 30-40 years of age, 5'10" to 6'1", 200-230 pounds, with a brown color goatee-style beard, wearing a camouflage ball cap, long-sleeved grey shirt, dark blue jeans and dark tennis shoes, wrap-around sunglasses, and carrying a small dark-colored backpack.
According to Le Mars Police Chief Stu Dekkenga, the suspect allegedly walked into Primebank at 2:46 p.m., approached the teller line, spoke to the teller about a robbery and brandished a weapon. The suspect is then believed to have left the bank on foot, heading north.
Law officers conducted a neighborhood canvas of the area searching for the suspect.
"No one was injured," Dekkenga reported. There were several customers in the bank at the time, Dekkenga said.
As of 6:30 p.m. Friday, officers were still talking with bank employees.
"We're early in the investigation," Dekkenga said.
The FBI and the Iowa State Patrol are assisting with the Le Mars Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office in this investigation.
A sign at the bank's drive-up window informed customers the bank is closed and will re-open Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Le Mars Police Department at 546-4113 or the Sioux City FBI office.
The Daily Sentinel will have a full report on Monday.