According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford, Newport Police Department, On Dec. 11, at about 11:30 AM, Newport Police Department officers were dispatched to Merchant and Planters Bank North Branch, located at 915 Highway 367 North in Newport, in reference to a robbery that had occurred in the parking lot.

According to the victim, she was in line to make a deposit when she noticed a black male walk toward her car brandishing a firearm. The subject then broke out her car window and grabbed her purse which contained a deposit bag from a local business. The culprit fled on foot and was described as a black male possibly in his twenties wearing a red “hoody” sweater and dark colored pants. A search of the area was conducted by officers from several different agencies. This investigation is ongoing at this time. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Newport Police Department at 523-2722. Keep reading the Newport Independent and for more information as it become available.