School placed on lock down while police search for nearby bank robber

OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County high school was placed on lock down for a short time Tuesday while police looked for a bank robbery suspect.

Police say the First Merchant Bank on N. College Avenue was robbed around 9:30 a.m. The suspect showed a dark colored, small handgun and advised bank personnel to surrender the money to him.

He fled westbound on foot. Oxford Police units arrived within minutes of the robbery, and used K-9 units to track the suspect for about three blocks before they lost the trail.

Talawanda High School was placed on lock down while police looked for the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male, 35 to 45 years of age, 5'7" to 5'9" with blond hair and reddish facial hair to that was a closely trimmed beard and goatee.  He was wearing a light tan colored baseball style cap with no logo or markings, and a gray fleece colored jacket.  The subject also wore brown, cotton-type work gloves.

So far, the suspect has not been caught.

Anyone with information should call Oxford Police detective Geoff Robinson at 513-524-5240.

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