Saturday, December 23, 2006

Robber kills teller, flees bank saying 'Merry Christmas'

A security camera captured this photo of a man who allegedly robbed a Little Rock bank and killed a teller on Saturday.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) -- A bank teller was shot and killed on Saturday during a bank robbery in Little Rock. Police are searching for a suspect.

The robbery occurred at about 11 a.m. at a Metropolitan National Bank branch.

Police said the robber entered the bank and shot 25-year-old James R. Garrison in the chest, fatally wounding him.

The robber then approached another teller and said, "Give me all of it," and the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money, according to police. The robber said, "Merry Christmas," and fled.

Garrison was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The suspect is described as a male, 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue sweatshirt with the number 77 on the front.

The suspect used a revolver in the robbery, police said.