STAR CITY, W.Va. — A would-be bank robber apparently was too early Thursday morning.
State Police were called to the United Bank on University Avenue in Star City for a reported attempted robbery. Emergency officials said suspect walked up to the bank around 9:00 a.m. but arrived before the bank was opened and the doors were locked. Employees were already inside and the suspect fled.
The bank has already been robbed twice this year, on March 26 and April 22.
In March, a suspect described as 6-foot-2, 220 pounds with a very athletic build entered the bank around 9:40 a.m. He was covered from head toe and wore a blue metallic Halloween mask that looked like a skull. He jumped on the counter and threatened the teller with a large hunting knife and as quickly as he arrived, he ran out the back entrance of the bank.
On April 22, a man wearing dark clothing and a mask walked into the United Bank branch in Star City at just before 9:30 a.m. Police said he had a gun and demanded money. He got it and left the bank about 43 seconds after he entered. That suspect was described as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and wore a brown hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
No arrests have been made in either crime.