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FARMINGTON — The FBI continued today to seek a suspect in the armed robbery of a credit union.

Witnesses said the suspect entered the U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union at 3024 E. Main St. at approximately 1:40 p.m. Thursday and demanded money from a teller, according to an FBI press release.

The teller handed the suspect, who was armed with a large knife, an undisclosed amount of money, and he fled north from the bank, the release states.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, with a medium build and being between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

At the time of the burglary, he wore a long-sleeve beige shirt, a tan "Indiana Jones-style" safari hat, a dark bandana around his neck, sunglasses, dark cargo pants, blue gloves and black shoes, the release states.

The FBI may pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the bank robber. Anyone with information regarding the robbery can call the FBI at 505-889-1300 or Farmington police at 505-334-6622. Tips also can be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.

The FBI also continues to investigate the Oct. 9 robbery of the Four Corners Community Bank in Aztec. The suspect in that case is described as a 40- to 45-year-old Hispanic woman, who is about 5 feet tall with a medium build.

Bank robbery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The use of a gun, or other dangerous weapon, during the commission of a robbery increases the penalty to 25 years imprisonment.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644. 

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