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BROOKFIELD Â*- A masked gunman robbed the People's United Bank on Federal Road/Route 7 on Wednesday morning, then managed to elude a manhunt after fleeing on foot.
The robbery happened at 9:45 a.m., when a man wearing a dark mask under a hood walked into the bank and displayed a small black handgun. He walked out with an unspecified amount of cash, according to police.
Police said the suspect spoke with some type of accent, possibly Hispanic. There was only one customer in the bank at the time of the robbery, plus four female employees behind the counter.
The suspect was between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, wearing a gray hooded jacket with red trim. The jacket may be reversible.
Police are hoping someone may have spotted the man outside the bank, which is at 143 Federal Road in a busy plaza next to Panera Bread and a ShopRite supermarket.
The suspect was last seen running from the bank toward the rear of the ShopRite Plaza, where town police and state troopers concentrated their search for more than two hours after the robbery.
A police dog also searched woods and trails in the area near White Turkey Extension and Grays Bridge Road.
Several patrons interviewed in Panera Bread said they did not notice anything unusual until a gaggle of police officers arrived at the bank.
Police immediately notified Country Kids, a day-care center on Old State Road behind the shopping plaza

about the robbery, according to Megan Boyle, an employee. "The police came and we put our building on lockdown. No one was allowed in or out until we heard further," Boyle said. The business remained on lockdown until about 11:30 a.m.
Employees had to reassure several nervous parents who called on the phone to find out what was happening, Boyle said.
Just before noon, police officers turned away bank customers while other officers dusted the bank's front door for fingerprints.
Police sent a description of the suspect to all area police departments. In addition, they notified Housatonic Area Regional Transit - the local bus agency - in case the suspect used public transportation after the crime.
 
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