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Police Chief Commends Officers, Schools For Rapid Response Following Bank Robbery In White Rock

on November 22, 2017 - 8:05am

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera at the scene of the bank robbery Tuesday at Los Alamos National Bank on Rover Boulevard in White Rock. Citizens are reminded to stay alert and call 911 if they observe any suspicious activity. Any suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPD Cmdr. Preston Ballew, center, Det. Joey Robinson, third from left, and Deputy Police Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera, second from right, at the scene of Tuesday's bank robbery at LANB on Rover Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos County Police Chief Dino Sgambellone commended Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools and Sage Cottage Montessori for their rapid response in sheltering their students and staff in place following the bank robbery Tuesday in White Rock.

The suspect or suspects robbed the bank around 11:30 a.m. on Rover Boulevard and were on the run. Police alerted the schools and they immediately went into lockdown mode.

“Thankfully we don’t have this type of crime very often … and yet, as a department and as a community we stepped up and worked very well together,” Chief Sgambellone said. “The schools took immediate action to support the safety of children and staff while working with LAPD to ensure a safe and coordinated release.”

During the height of the search between 1-5 p.m., 28 law enforcement officers were involved in the search on the ground as well as two officers in a helicopter searching from the sky. LAPD mobilized 18 officers who were joined by five FBI agents, three state troopers and two park rangers. 

LAPD turned over command of the search for the one or two suspects involved in the robbery. 

Citizens are reminded to stay alert and call 911 if they observe any suspicious activity. Any suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.

From left, LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone, Deputy Chief Jason Wardlow Herrera and Det. Joey Robinson at the scene of Tuesday's bank robbery at LANB on Rover Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Agents and Det. Joey Robinson at the scene of Tuesday's bank robbery at LANB on Rover Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPD brought its bomb squad vehicle also used as an incident command center, to the scene of the bank robbery at LANB Tuesday in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico State Police search the area from above for suspects in Tuesday's bank robbery in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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