A manager at the PNC Bank in Zebulon, North Carolina, held the bank's door shut when a suspect with a gun tried to enter on Thursday. Zebulon police said they responded to a bank robbery in progress at about 9:15am. According to police, the suspect approached the rear door of the bank wearing a mask, gloves, and hoodie.
The bank manager reportedly saw the suspect coming towards the door and physically held the door shut.
The suspect revealed a small, black, semi-automatic handgun, which he used to bang on the door, police said. The manager continued to hold the door shut despite the suspect displaying a weapon and trying to pry the door open.
There was one customer inside the bank.
He didn't want to give his name, but he described the situation as "surreal."
The suspect then ran from the bank.
After the man fled, police say he went to a possible getaway car parked nearby.
Zebulon Police commended the bank manager's quick action.
"We credit the manager in this situation from not only saving the bank from being robbed, but very likely saving somebody from being injured," said Zebulon Police Chief Timothy Hayworth.
"He reacted in a split second, and I think it showed that he was courageous. He was a brave man. I've talked to him since and he says he really doesn't want the publicity for this, but at the same time he's a hero."
Zebulon Police are searching for a black male, between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing dark pants, a dark hoodie with a grey shirt underneath, red scarf or bandana, a light coloured mask, gloves, and black tennis shoes. The suspect was also wearing a back pack and possibly a front fanny pack.