UPDATE: Roanoke police release photos, issue statement regarding Grandin Road bank robbery

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Roanoke City schools able to release students after "hold and secure" alert

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m.: Roanoke Police have issued an official statement regarding this afternoon’s reported bank robbery:

On November 18, 2019 at around 1:15 pm, Roanoke Police responded to a reported bank robbery in the 1300 block of Grandin Rd SW. Officers did not locate a suspect on scene.

Witnesses stated an adult male came into the bank, displayed a firearm and demanded money. He stole an undisclosed amount of currency. No one was injured regarding this incident. At this time, no one has been arrested regarding this incident. This is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (540)344-8500 and share what you know. You can also text us at 274637; please begin the text with “RoanokePD” to ensure it’s properly sent. Please reference case number 19-123194. Both calls and texts can remain anonymous.

Caitlyn Cline, Community Outreach, Public Information & Crime Prevention for Roanoke Police

ORIGINAL STORY — Roanoke Police responded to a bank robbery Monday afternoon and several schools in the city were briefly placed on “hold and secure” status.

The bank robbery occurred in the 1300 block of Grandin Road Southwest, according to police.

‪RPD has responded to a reported bank robbery in the 1300 block of Grandin Rd SW. The call came in around 1:15 this afternoon. We will release more information as it becomes available. ‬

Posted by Roanoke Police Department – VA on Monday, November 18, 2019

The following schools were on “hold and secure”:

  • Virginia Heights Elementary School;
  • Wasena Elementary School;
  • Woodrow Wilson Middle School; and
  • the Patrick Henry Campus (high school and governor’s school).

A second robocall from Roanoke City Public Schools said the hold and secure had been lifted.

  • The Pinnacle Bank in the 1300 block of Grandin Road Southwest was robbed Monday afternoon, Nov. 18. (Photo: Breana Albizu/WFXR News)

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