UPDATE 9:15 p.m. Local authorities are working with police departments in Richfield, Shakopee and Northfield, comparing notes on recent bank robberies in that area. The suspect described in four robberies/attempted robberies is very similar in all cases.
The FBI has NOT confirmed that they believe it is the same man at this time.
UPDATE 2:45 p.m. The Wright County Sheriff's Department has released information about the robbery, which occurred at 12:47 p.m. in Albertville.
According to a witness report, the suspect is a white male, approximately 5 feet, 7 inches to 6 feet tall, and was wearing a ski mask at the time of the holdup.
He fled on foot.
The man did display a handgun, and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Bus routes for the primary and elementary schools will be starting soon as they start releasing students. Middle school and high school routes will start as close to their scheduled dismissal time as possible.
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At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Premier Bank of Albertville was robbed at gunpoint.
Wright County Sheriff's Department and the FBI are searching on the ground and from a helicopter for the gunman.
All schools in the district are currently on lockdown and will remain so until they have word from authorities. The buses were just released from the bus barn and will be waiting to transport students home. Until authorities have lifted the lockdown, they will not be leaving, nor can students be picked up.
Expect after-school delays.
Update at 2:06 p.m.: All school buses were searched prior to leaving the bus barn because the suspect did leave the bank on foot.
"Three people were working inside the bank, everyone is OK. We were robbed at gunpoint, but the important thing is that everyone is OK," an executive at Premier Bank, who asked not to be identified, said this afternoon. "Ironically, we just had security training on how to stay safe in a robbery with Wright County this morning."