Villanova Lockdown Lifted, Robbers in Custody

By David Chang
|  Monday, Jul 8, 2013  |  Updated 3:54 PM EDT
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Police arrest 3 men suspected of robbing a bank in Lower Pottsgrove Township, PA. The men were arrested after a manhunt in Villanova that put the nearby university in lockdown. NBC10's Rosemary Connors has details.

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Police arrest 3 men suspected of robbing a bank in Lower Pottsgrove Township, PA. The men were arrested after a manhunt in Villanova that put the nearby university in lockdown. NBC10's Rosemary Connors has details.

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Police have ended their manhunt following a bank robbery in Montgomery County.

Investigators say two men walked into the National Penn bank on 1830 East High Street in Lower Pottsgrove shortly before 3 p.m. The men allegedly demanded money from the tellers and a customer who was making a deposit. Police also say a third suspect was in a getaway car outside the bank.

An off-duty Upper Merion officer alerted police and described the car as a silver/blue Hyundai. Responding officers followed the vehicle to Lower Merion. Investigators say the suspects then got out of the car after they arrived at Greenwood Court and fled on foot.

Police arrested three of the suspects shortly after 3 p.m. SkyForce10 captured two police officers standing over one of the suspects in a grassy area in Lower Merion.

After making those arrests however, Upper Merion Police officers believed that there was a fourth armed suspect still on the loose and conducted a manhunt in Lower Merion.

Around 4:15 p.m., Villanova University sent out a community alert, informing students that police were searching for the fourth suspect near the campus and warned people to stay inside. All evening classes and activities were canceled at the school. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. however, the school sent out another text alerting students that the lockdown was lifted.

Montgomery Avenue between Spring Mill and County Line was closed as police continued to search for the suspect. Several residents in the area were unable to get to their homes due to the closures.

"I'm just trying to come pick my children up and the police have the street closed off and they're telling me I can't get anywhere," said one man.

The text and email alert from Villanova University described the suspect as a heavy-built black male with a beard wearing a red t-shirt.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. however, police announced that the manhunt was over. Despite their initial report, a Lower Pottsgrove officer told NBC10 that there is currently "no credible evidence" that a fourth person is at large. Instead, police say, all of the men involved in the bank robbery are currently in custody. All of the roads that were closed during the manhunt have since been reopened.

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