Gunman Sought in Corona Del Mar Bank Robbery

Newport Beach police are seeking the man pictured in this surveillance photo in connection with a bank robbery at OneWest Bank, 3700 East Coast Highway in Corona Del Mar, on March 7, 2019. (Credit: Newport Beach Police Department)

Newport Beach police are seeking the man pictured in this surveillance photo in connection with a bank robbery at OneWest Bank, 3700 East Coast Highway in Corona Del Mar, on March 7, 2019. (Credit: Newport Beach Police Department)

Police are seeking a man who held up a Corona del Mar bank at gunpoint Thursday, then fled the scene on an electric bicycle, authorities said.

The heist unfolded about 3:50 p.m. at OneWest Bank, 3700 E. Coast Highway, the Newport Beach Police Department said in a written statement.

“The suspect entered the bank and brandished a black semi­automatic handgun as he demanded money from the teller,” according to the statement. He obtained about $8,000 dollars.

There were no customers inside the bank at the time, and no injuries were reported, police said.

Newport Beach police are seeking the man pictured in this surveillance photo in connection with a bank robbery at OneWest Bank, 3700 East Coast Highway, on March 7, 2019. (Credit: Newport Beach Police Department)

Newport Beach police are seeking the man pictured in this surveillance photo in connection with a bank robbery at OneWest Bank, 3700 East Coast Highway, on March 7, 2019. (Credit: Newport Beach Police Department)

The robber fled the area on a black electric bicycle, officials said.

Images from the robbery show the gunman wearing sunglasses, a black beanie, a suit jacket, a button-down shirt and white gloves.

“The suspect may have stuffed a pillow inside his shirt to display a different body characteristic,” the police statement said.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Newport Beach police Detective Mike Fletcher at 949-644-3779.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the city in which the crime occurred. The article has been updated.

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