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Westbound I-70 reopens at Kipling in Arvada after closure due to nearby bank robbery

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 17:10:08-04

DENVER – Authorities shut down westbound I-70 at Kipling Street in Arvada just after 11 a.m. Friday because of a bank robbery in the area.

But the full lanes had reopened by 11:40 p.m., according to the Colorado Department of Transportation and Wheat Ridge Police.

Emergency dispatch told Denver7 there had been a bank robbery in the area, which Arvada police eventually confirmed.

The police department said the bank robbery happened at TCF Bank on W. 55th Ave. just before 11 a.m. It said that authorities closed the highway because they were trying to track a possible suspect vehicle, but added that no cars were searched.

No suspects were in custody.

By 2:30 p.m., Arvada police said they were looking for a suspect in the armed robbery. He was described as a white man between 20 and 40 years old, with brown hair and a medium build. Police say is approximately 5-foot-9 and between 160 and 180 pounds. 

The man was last seen wearing a dark jacket and grey hoodie, and was carrying a handgun. He fled the scene on a white scooter with a red seat, according to police.

Arvada police are leading in the investigation, and Wheat Ridge police are assisting. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call the Arvada Police Department at (720) 898-6774. 

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