DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 10th, 2005 / 10:15 PM

Detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Trustco Bank branch at State Street and Brandywine Avenue at about 8:30 this morning.

A female bank employee arriving for work was entering the bank’s rear entrance when a man jumped out of the bushes, grabbed her by the hair and forced her inside. The bank was not yet open and no other employees were there. Once inside, the robber showed the woman a handgun and demanded money. As the woman was complying with the man’s demand, a male employee entered the bank. The robber confronted him and made him tape the woman’s hands and feet, after which the robber taped the male employee’s hands and feet. The robber then left the bank and rode away on a bicycle westbound on State Street. A bicycle was located in nearby St. John’s Cemetery. A police canine was unsuccessful in tracking the suspect.

Neither bank employee was injured during the incident. The amount of money that was taken is not being disclosed.

The robber is described as a black male appearing to be in his 20’s, 5’10’’ tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black parka with a fur-trimmed hood and dark pants with a stripe down the sides.