Crime & Courts

Bank robbery similar to one in March

Three men held up a southwest Wichita bank Tuesday, and a teller suffered minor injuries when a gun discharged during the robbery.

Wichita police Lt. Guy Schroeder said the male teller was either grazed by a bullet or struck by a gun used by one of the bandits.

"The injury is minor," he said.

The holdup was nearly identical to one that occurred at the bank in March.

Tuesday's robbery occurred about 1:45 p.m. when three men wearing gloves, masks and gray sweat suits entered the UMB Bank branch at 2333 S. West St. and demanded money.

Schroeder said the gun discharged when the employee and one of the robbers bumped into each other. He said the three robbers left the scene in a white minivan.

Schroeder said FBI agents were checking video cameras inside and outside the bank.

In the March holdup, three men drove up to the bank in a four-door gold Lexus with tinted windows.

Two robbers entered the bank while a third stood watch near the door. Each was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.

The men responsible for that holdup, who were believed to be in their 20s or 30s, wore gray or navy blue sweats and dark cotton gloves.