Two black men in their mid 20s entered the bank around 5 p.m., according to Lt. Greg Farmanian of the Tracy Police Department.
The men then punched a male bank employee in the face and took a yellow duffel bag from him before running out of the bank, Farmanian said.
The pair was last seen with the duffel bag running west away from the bank, which is near the Raley’s grocery store.
The victim was treated at the scene for a bloody nose, Farmanian said.
Initial police reports were that the bag contained only documents and no cash.
“We’re not sure if they took any money,” Farmanian said. “No idea of their mindset or motive.”
He said the men never mentioned a weapon or showed one during the robbery.
No other injuries were reported by police and a detective said there were approximately a dozen people inside the business at the time of the incident.
The robbers are described as being 5-feet-8 and 5-feet-10, with athletic builds. Police said they were wearing dark clothing.
A woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she saw the two men running out of the bank while she sat in the parking lot in her girlfriend’s car.
“I was sitting right in front of the bank … I saw two young African American men run out,” she said. “The way they were acting I thought, ‘Did they just rob the bank?’” she said. “One almost tripped and dropped the yellow duffle bag. I went to get out of the car and a policeman yelled don’t go into the bank.”
Laile Atkins said she was inside ChilaBerries Frozen Yogurt store, located next to the bank, when a hysterical woman came running into the yogurt shop.
“She was crying and said call 911, the bank was just robbed,” Atkins said. “She said her husband and son were still in the bank.”
The woman told Atkins that she forgot some paperwork in her car and when she returned to go back inside of the bank, she saw everyone inside lying on the bank floor.
“We told the employee (at ChillBerries) to lock the door,” Atkins said.
Crystal Vogt said that she was with Atkins inside of the yogurt shop, and described the situation as exciting. She said she didn’t get nervous until she saw all the officers arrive with their guns drawn.
The bank, which closes daily at 6 p.m., remained closed for the rest of the day while investigators worked the scene.
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