BG bank robbery suspect named

The getaway car was later found in a cemetery.
The getaway car was later found in a cemetery.

BOWLING GREEN -- The Huntington Bank on N. Main St. in Bowling Green was robbed at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

Bowling Green police have identified the suspect as 27 year-old Joel Westfall. He's described as a white male, about 5'11" and weighing around 165 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Westfall may be driving a gold Oldsmobile Alero and may be armed.

If you have any information on Westfall or the case, call 1-800-54-CRIME.

Dick Berry reports it all started with a fake bomb, a fake phone call, but a real bank robber. It was a tense day for BG police, students and teachers. Someone called the district claiming there were bombs scattered about in all the school buildings.

Minutes later, the Huntington bank was robbed, leaving behind a suspicious package. The area was evacuated and blocked off. The Toledo police bomb squad was called in. Investigators believe the call to the school district was was made by the bank robber. Lt. Ken Fortney said, "We believe the bomb threats were called in as a diversionary tactic in the attempt to spread the police department as thin as they could."

The BG school district activated its emergency plan, notifying parents by automated voice mail. Students remained inside the buildings while authorities searched for bombs. The buildings were inspected, but no bombs were found. An all clear message was given after an hour.

The gunman fled in a pick-up truck, which was later found at Union Cemetery, having been set on fire. The bandit remains on the loose.

Updated by NCD