Law enforcement officers were searching Thursday night for a man they say robbed the Golden 1 Credit Union at 852 E. Foothill Blvd. in San Luis Obispo.
Just after 3 p.m. Thursday, a man with a blue bandana over his face and wearing a blue hoodie walked into the credit union with a semi-automatic pistol, told everyone to get on the floor and ordered a teller to put cash into a plastic bag with brown and green writing on it, San Luis Obispo police Lt. Jeff Smith said.
Within 60 seconds, the man had about $4,000 in the bag. He ran out of the credit union into a nearby alley and headed north toward Boysen Avenue, police said.
A customer dining at the Pita Pit restaurant next to the credit union immediately called 911 when he saw the robber run out of the building holding the bag of money with the gun still in his hand, according to Smith.
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San Luis Obispo resident Steven Sainsbury was dining at that same restaurant. He didn’t see the robber run out of the credit union, but he did see a team of police officers rush into the University Square parking lot and tie crime-scene tape over the entrance to the credit union.
“I just noticed there was a mood change and all of these cops pulled up. As soon as they wrapped the rope around the building I knew it got robbed,” Sainsbury said.
The CHP was called in to assist with the search for the robber.
While CHP helicopters scoured the area from above, a team of investigators with the San Luis Obispo Police Department, CHP and the FBI worked on the ground to locate the suspect.
Investigators believe the robber is a black or Hispanic male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing between 170 to 200 pounds, with a tattoo on one of his hands that says “LA.”
Officials believe he was also wearing blue or purple shoes.
They are searching nearby Dumpsters to see if any apparel fitting that description was discarded.