An armed man robbed Community National Bank in Frontenac Monday morning and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, Frontenac Police said.



Frontenac Police Chief Randy Flora said the suspect, an African American male about six feet tall and heavily built, entered the bank at 4097 Parkview Drive at about 10:45 a.m. Monday morning. He waited in a lobby chair for a customer to leave before approaching a teller with a note demanding money and brandishing a firearm.

An armed man robbed Community National Bank in Frontenac Monday morning and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, Frontenac Police said.

Frontenac Police Chief Randy Flora said the suspect, an African American male about six feet tall and heavily built, entered the bank at 4097 Parkview Drive at about 10:45 a.m. Monday morning. He waited in a lobby chair for a customer to leave before approaching a teller with a note demanding money and brandishing a firearm.

“The teller cooperated with the suspect, which was good judgment,” Flora said.

Flora said the suspect was wearing black pants, black Nike shoes, a white shirt with long sleeves, a black hat and a large gold chain.

The suspect escaped in a late-model Honda with black primer paint and Arkansas license plates, and ditched the car about a quarter-mile south of the bank in the parking lot of Lotus Chinese Restaurant. Police believe the man escaped in another car.

The robbery is the first such violent event in Frontenac in decades, Flora said.

“I’ve been here for 29 years and it’s the first one we’ve had so far,” Flora said. Tony Dellasega, CNB president, said he could not yet comment except to confirm that the bank had been robbed.

A rumor also had been circulating that the suspect or an accomplice had called in a bomb threat to act as a diversion. Pittsburg Police Department Major Melanie Shaper said a city worker had indeed called in what appeared to be a suspicious device, but that it “turned out to be nothing.”

Flora said investigators currently are enhancing video surveillance footage, and that a mug shot is tentatively scheduled for release Tuesday. The Frontenac Police Department, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting a joint investigation.

“They’re doing a lot to help us,” Flora said.

Anyone with information on the suspect or a possible location, or who may have seen the suspect exit the car in the Lotus parking lot and get into another vehicle, is encouraged to call the Frontenac Police Department at (620)231-9216.