Asheville Police searching for armed, dangerous man following bank robbery

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(Source: Asheville Police Department)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Asheville Police responded Monday afternoon to an armed bank robbery.

Police said the robbery happened at about 3:30 p.m. the First Citizens Bank on 1201 Tunnel Road.

Brian Keith Leonhart, 40, enter the bank, presented a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, according to police.

Police said Leonhart is about 6′ tall and weighs between 230-250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green shirt, camouflage cargo short and a tan baseball hat. He has a bruised left eye and tattoos on both forearms.

He left the bank in a white 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor, heading east on Tunnel Road, police said. The SUV has a Florida license plate reading DHL-L59.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Leonhart, charging him with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by felon, police said.

Police said Leonhart should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone who sees him should call 911.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the location of the man should contact (828) 252-1110 or Crimestoppers at (828) 255-5050. Callers may remain anonymous.

We will update this story as information becomes available.

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