FBI seeks bank robber who may have had explosive

MANTUA, Ohio - The FBI is asking the public’s help in identifying the suspect of a bank robbery in Mantua last month who showed what was believed to be a small explosive in a handbag he was carrying.

On June 30 at about 9:30 a.m., the suspect entered the Cortland Bank, 11661 State Route 44, Mantua, and placed a note on the counter demanding money and threatening to kill everyone, according to a news release from the Cleveland Division of the FBI. The suspect also displayed the possible explosive in a handbag.

The FBI released two photos of the suspect and a photo of the vehicle he was believed to be driving. The suspect is described by authorities as a black male, about 5-feet-9-inches to 6-feet tall and weighing around 175 to 200 pounds. The person appeared to be between 30 and 40 years old. He was wearing pink nail polish at the time of the robbery and was dressed as a woman. 

Police said the bank tellers watched the man get inside what appeared to be a white Chevrolet Impala and handle the money, which set off a dye pack placed in the bag. The interior of the car may likely be covered in pink dye.

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Reward money is available for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the suspect, authorities said. Tips can remain anonymous and can be provided to the FBI at 216-522-1400 or the Mantua Police Department at 330-274-2251.

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