FBI: Northlake Bank Robbery Part of Metro Crime Spree

The incident occurred at the Wells Fargo bank on Lavista Road on Tuesday afternoon.

The FBI is looking for a man it said robbed a series of banks and stores throughout the metro Atlanta area, including a Wells Fargo in Northlake on Tuesday afternoon.

The bureau issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Michael Jerome Winfield, 46, of Atlanta for the armed robbery of the bank at 4099 Lavista Road, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

DeKalb County's police report said the suspect walked into the bank at about 4:30 p.m., asked about opening a new account and was directed to an employee. The suspect pulled out a black handgun and placed it on the counter with the gun barrel pointed at the employee.

"Put all the money in big bills in a bag, and don't put any dye pack or tracking in the bag," the suspect said.

The employee placed cash in a bag and gave it to the suspect, who put the gun back inside his jacket.

"Don't try anything funny because I got eight dudes at the BP gas station," the suspect said.

The employee watched the suspect head toward the neighboring gas station and he locked the bank's doors.


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