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The Shelby Police Department (Richland Source file photo)

SHELBY -- The suspect involved in bank robbery in Shelby Friday afternoon remains at-large on Saturday afternoon, authorities reported.

The case remains under investigation and the FBI is involved, according to Sgt. Cody Baker of the Shelby Police Department.

The Shelby Police Department received multiple calls from people inside the First Federal Bank of Ohio at approximately 12:38 p.m. Friday. According to the police report, callers stated the suspect had already left the bank and was headed towards Dowd’s Elementary School.

Callers who reported the incident described the suspect as a Hispanic male with an accent wearing a black ski mask, black pants and a white hooded sweatshirt.

After receiving those reports, the Shelby City Schools school resource officer (SRO) coordinated a lockdown with school administrators. Police officers arrived on the scene at about 12:40 p.m. and began establishing a perimeter. Other agencies including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Plymouth Police Department and Mansfield Police Department arrived soon afterward to assist.

“Once a perimeter was established, our goal was to clear the area - and that was accomplished with the assistance of two Ohio State Highway Patrol canine teams, with drone overwatch provided by the Mansfield Police Department,” Chief Lance Combs wrote in the update on the department’s Facebook page. “Once we were certain that the area was clear and the suspect was not in the area, our SRO again communicated with the school administration and they modified their security posture.”

Combs and Baker both expressed gratitude for the “overwhelming response” of area law enforcement agencies who came to aid in the search.

Responding agencies included the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Mansfield Police Department, Plymouth Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. A post from Wyandot County also sent a K9 unit.

"We were able to get two K9 units and a drone unit from Mansfield police there within, I believe 20 minutes,” Baker said. “Everybody dropped what they were doing and helped us.”

A post from Wyandot County also brought a canine unit, according to Baker.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Baker or Detective Adam Turner by calling 419-347-2242.

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