PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department is currently investigating an armed bank robbery at Chase Bank, 194 Niblick Road in Paso Robles. The robbery occurred as the bank was closing at approximately 6:01 p.m. on Nov. 20. During the robbery, a bank employee sustained a moderate eye injury after one of the robbers struck him with a rifle. As of this time, it is unknown how much money was taken during the robbery per police officials.
PRPD dispatchers received a 911 call reporting the robbery at approximately 6:07 p.m.; PRPD officers, a California Highway Patrol helicopter, and SLO County Probation Officers all arrived within approximately four minutes of receiving the call for help. However, by the time officers arrived the suspects had already escaped in heavy rush hour traffic.
Bank employees said at least five men entered the bank armed with handguns and a rifle. The suspects were dressed in black clothing and wore masks to conceal their faces. The suspects demanded money from bank employees and struck one employee on the eye with a rifle before fleeing the bank.
Paso Robles Emergency Services personnel provided immediate treatment to the employee before an ambulance transported him to an area hospital for further evaluation. The employee is expected to make a recovery.
The investigation continues as PRPD investigators work with the Federal Bureau of Investigations to interview witnesses and process the crime scene for evidence. Anyone with information about this or similar crimes should contact the PRPD at 805-237-6464, persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers' 24-hour hotline at 805-549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).