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Bank robbers description released; police not sure if school threat linked

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — It’s been a busy day for law enforcement in Bladen County, including a bank robbery and a bomb threat at a school.

Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw says a black man in his early to mid 20s showed a teller at First Citizens Bank a note demanding money and showed a handgun. Kinlaw said the man was not wearing a disguise, but was wearing a baseball hat and a blue flannel shirt.

Around the same time, a bomb threat was called in to Elizabethtown Primary School. The school district says all 556 students and 86 staff were moved by school buses to a secure location at the National Guard Armory.

Kinlaw said investigators do not know if the two incidents are connected, but he said it’s suspicious that they happened at the same time.

Elizabethtown Primary School’s principal sent an Alert Now message to all Elizabethtown Primary parents notifying them of the situation.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department bomb dog search team, searched the school campus and all school buildings, the district says. Investigators say the school was safe and free of any bomb. Students and staff returned to the school at about 11:15 a.m.

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