BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man wearing a Halloween mask and dressed in camouflage robbed a Baton Rouge bank at gunpoint Thursday afternoon and got away with an undetermined amount of cash.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and FBI launched a search for the man, who fled into nearby woods.
Southeast Middle School and Woodlawn Middle School, located near the bank, were placed on lockdown as a precaution. As of 3:10 p.m., people were not allowed to walk on the campuses of those schools, but bus service was being allowed.
The robbery happened just after 1 p.m. at the Chase Bank located in the 6700 block of Jones Creek Road.
"The man reportedly entered the bank armed with a pistol and demanded money," said Casey Hicks with EBRSO. "After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled the bank on foot running south on Jones Creek."
Witnesses said the man was wearing a dark-colored camouflage hooded jacket, a black sheer-type face mask, dark gloves and black pants. He was described as about 6'2" with a slim build.
After leaving Chase, he reportedly tried to hold up a nearby Regions Bank, but was unsuccessful.
"When the teller (at Regions Bank) saw the man was fully covered, she yelled for him to leave. He fled out the back door and was last seen running south of Regions through an Ivy Park apartment complex," Hicks added.
The robber eventually ran into a wooded area near the East Baton Rouge Parish library located on Jones Creek Road. Yvonne Hall, the library branch manager, said authorities initially searched the inside of the library to make sure the robber had not entered the facility. There was no sign of him inside the library.
"He ran through our parking lot," Hall said.