Police have released descriptions for the three suspects wanted in connection with Wednesday evening's bank robbery on Forrest Road.
As first reported on Ledger-Enquirer.com, two men, both of which were armed with guns, held up the 5445 Forrest Road bank about 5 p.m. and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
One suspect is described as a 6-foot 1-inch tall black man weighing about 185 pounds, with dark skin and a thin build. He was wearing dark clothing and had a stocking over his face. The second suspect was described as a 5-foot-7 black man, weighing 140 to 150 pounds. He had on dark clothing and was wearing a red or burgundy cap with multi-colored puzzle pieces all over it.
The suspects left in a blue, 90s model Chevrolet Cavalier. The tag on it was GA ARV 947. This tag number is probably missing at least one number, Joiner said. Witnesses reported seeing a third suspect leave the scene in the Cavalier as well.
A description of the vehicle was broadcast over police radios and within minutes authorities called upon the area's helicopter to join the search.
A Cavalier seemingly matching the description of the one being sought by police was spotted from the air near the Wal-Mart on Buena Vista Road, Joiner said. Shortly thereafter police pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Wright Drive and Buena Vista Road.
The suspects were taken into custody for questioning, but they were later released.
"The investigation has determined that the three men were not involved in armed robbery," Joiner said. "They were in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Investigators did locate a small amount of cash, one or two dollars, near the crime scene behind the post office facility. They are working to determine whether the money belongs to the bank, Joiner said.
The investigation is being handled by the Columbus Police Department's Robbery Homicide Unit along with the FBI.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call Columbus Police at 706-653-3400.