Man dressed as woman robs bank this morning

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A man dressed as a woman robbed a Westamerica Bank branch in Benicia this morning, a police lieutenant said.

Police responded to an alarm activation at the bank, located at 20 Solano Square, at 11:40 a.m., Benicia police Lt. Frank Hartig said.

The suspect gave a teller a note informing her of the robbery but did not show a weapon, Hartig said.

The suspect then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running up a hill behind the Chevron gas station at 10 Solano Square, Hartig said.

Police searched the area, and a nearby school was locked down until police determined that the neighborhood was safe, Hartig said.

The suspect is described as a black man about 40 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing a woman’s wig, a red-and-white muumuu with white socks and black combat boots, Hartig said.
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