VISTA — A robbery suspect who held up a North County bank the afternoon of March 18, prompting the lockdown of the Vista Courthouse parking lot remains at large, police said.
The suspect was last seen fleeing up a flight of stairs that lead into the Superior Courthouse parking lot, Detective Pat Shannon said. The sheriff’s department immediately closed off access to the parking lot. Deputies armed with AR 15 assault rifles searched each vehicle leaving the premise.
Shortly after 2 p.m., a black male in his late 20s entered US Bank at 640 Hacienda Drive and passed the teller a demand note, Shannon said. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a respirator dust mask, baseball cap and dark clothing. Before fleeing into the courthouse parking lot, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a vehicle in the shopping center’s parking lot.
Shannon said the suspect, who didn’t produce a weapon at the time of the robbery, made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
If you have any information about the robbery, please contact the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (760) 940-4551.