Update: Columbus bank robbed, Fort Benning schools on lock down

In a continued effort to track down a suspected bank robber on Fort Benning, area law enforcement agencies are searching homes in the area of Martin Army Community Hospital.

That's where Erin Nash lives with her husband and son. She returned home about 9:45 a.m. from visiting her son's school to find her neighborhood teeming with Fort Benning and Columbus officials.

"I thought, well that's weird that Columbus Police cars are here," Nash said upon pulling onto her street.

Nash approached a police officer and asked if there was something going on that she should know about. The officer told her they were looking for someone and that she should return to her home and lock her door.

"It's scary," Nash said. "I've lived here for 12 years and I've never been scared before. You figure if you live on an Army post you're safe, but it just goes to show you're not safe anywhere."

Nash was peering out her window when police officers approached her front door about 12:30 p.m. They knocked and asked if they could search her home. Nash gave them permission. The search lasted about a minute, she said. Officers conducted searches of homes up and down Lower Davis Hill, Nash's street, as well as in surrounding neighborhoods like Porch Street and Kawamura Street.

"They've gone into every single house regardless if people are home or not," Nash said.

A police helicopter is circling around the neighborhood and like the area schools, the neighborhood is on lockdown. Nash's husband, Master Sgt. Adam Nash with 75th Ranger Regiment, wasn't allowed to come home this afternoon to have lunch with his wife. No one is allowed in or out of the area.

"I'm glad they locked down the schools because they're usually open to everybody," Nash said.

Nash said she wanted to give Columbus police, the FBI and the MPs kudos for working hard to solve this case and keep Fort Benning residents safe.

"(They're) doing the best they can do and hopefully they'll catch this guy so we can feel safe again."

The Regions Bank on Macon Road was robbed this morning and now Fort Benning schools are on lock down as authorities search for the suspect who is believed to be on post.

Columbus Police Lt. Steve Cox said about 9:15 a.m., a black man, between 25 and 30 years old, standing about 6-feet tall and weighing about 230 pounds entered the bank at 3805 Macon Road and held it up at gunpoint. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt, black baggy sweat pants and a light gray t-shirt. Police do not have a description of this man's getaway vehicle at this time.

The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and is now believed to be on Fort Benning. Military police, the FBI and Columbus police are investigating.

Fort Benning spokesman Anthony O'Bryant confirmed that all schools on post have been locked down and Fort Benning police are working in conjunction with the Columbus Police Department and the FBI to track down the alleged bank robber.

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