EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 29, 2013

Gunman holds up TD Bank in Lawrence

By Bill Kirk

---- — LAWRENCE — A gun-wielding robber got away with an undetermined amount of cash after holding up the TD Bank branch at 305 South Broadway yesterday around 5:20 p.m.

According to Police Chief John Romero, the man was seen squatting on the ground outside the bank, speaking in an agitated voice on his cell phone, according to a witness who asked the man if he was OK.

Police say the man put on a mask covering the lower half of his face, walked into the lobby and pulled out a small handgun. He told the patrons not to move, and pushed a couple of them out of the way as he approached the teller’s counter.

He handed the teller a bag and demanded money. After the teller put an unknown amount of money in the bag, the robber walked out of the building.

Romero said witnesses described the man as about 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He spoke in broken English.

“He fled to parts unknown,” Romero said.

The bank has video footage of the robbery which will be provided to police.