Boardman Police swarm bus in search of 717 Credit Union theft suspect

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Boardman police have released more details about their search for a credit union robbery suspect.

On Wednesday morning, a man wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants, a hat and a face mask walked into 717 Credit Union on California Avenue and passed the cashier a note that read, “Give me $5,000 the money or your life,” according to a police report. He also gestured to his pocket as if he had a gun.

The cashier complied and began giving the suspect cash, but he demanded ‘more, more’ before reaching into the cash drawer and grabbing it himself, according to a police report .

Reports initially said the man left with the money and possibly got into a white Cadillac sedan. But later reports say the white Cadillac theory has been ruled out and they believe the suspect fled on foot.

A witness told police he saw a man matching the suspect’s description drive through the mall parking lot and onto a WRTA bus.

Police carried out a traffic check on a WRTA bus. Several police cars converged around the bus. When officers entered the bus, they ordered everyone to put their hands up.

According to the report, a man was sitting in the back of the bus matching the description, seated with another man. The police took out their weapons and ordered the men to get off the bus.

The two men were detained in police cars. However, neither could be identified by witnesses as the suspect. None of the men were wearing black sweatpants or headgear. They were both released.

Columbiana police and FBI agents assisted the police in their further investigation. It was later discovered that an off-duty Mahoning County Sheriff’s Deputy may have seen the suspect exit the credit union and fly south into a wooded area in toward Southern Blvd.

So far, no arrests have been made and police are still looking for the suspect.