The FBI and Somerville police are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the "armed and dangerous" man who allegedly robbed a bank and fired a gun at police on Wednesday morning.
State and local police responded to the Middlesex Federal Savings Bank in Davis Square just before 10 a.m. Wednesday after they received a report of an active shooter.
According to the FBI, the man entered the bank holding a gun, fired one round into the ceiling and demanded money from the teller. After a uniformed Somerville police officer in the vicinity was alerted to the possible bank robbery in progress, the officer entered the bank and the suspect fired a round at the responding officer before fleeing the bank on foot. The officer was not injured.
Dave Powers, who was headed to work at the time, said he heard police yelling and stepped in to try to help apprehend the fleeing suspect. The suspect evaded police and Powers, but dropped a backpack that was carrying a firearm.
The response prompted schools nearby to go on lock down and the MBTA closed the Davis Station as authorities conducted their investigation.
Following an extensive search, authorities said the suspect was no longer in the area. They are now relying on surveillance images to help them locate and identify the robber.
The suspect is described as male in his 30s who has a medium build, weighs approximately 175 pounds and is between 5'7" and 5'11" tall. He was last seen wearing a blue beanie, a dark glove on his left hand and a hooded camouflage jacket with a Nike logo on the left side above his chest. He also wore blue jeans, black sneakers and carried a black-and-red backpack.
"In the interest of public safety, we’re asking anyone with information about this individual and his whereabouts to contact us immediately," said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division. "What’s most concerning to us is this individual’s brazen and violent behavior. We hope this reward will incentivize anyone with information to reach out so we can put a stop to this criminal conduct and ensure those bringing violence to our communities are held accountable."
Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI Boston Division's Violent Crimes Task Force at 857-386-2000. Tips can also be submitted electronically at tips.fbi.gov.