`Spider' man robs bank in Dedham

Patrick Anderson

A man with a spider web-like design on his face robbed the Eastern Bank on Providence Highway Friday evening by passing a threatening note to a teller, police said.

The man entered the bank in the Dedham Mall around 5:50 p.m. Friday, and slipped a note to a teller threatening to shoot if he wasn't given a specific amount of cash, Dedham Police Lt. Robert Nedder said Monday.

The man, who never drew or displayed a weapon, was described by two bank employees as having an intricate series of black lines, applied with a pen, marker, or eyeliner pencil, covering his face.

``The teller said he had black markings on his face, like a spider web,'' Nedder said. ``It was definitely something that drew attention. The teller handed over the money and the man walked out.''

Nedder would not say exactly how much money the man got from the bank, but said it was more than $1,000.

After the man left, employees locked the bank and could not see whether he entered a vehicle or walked away.

Nedder said the man was described as being in his early 30s and around 6 feet tall with a medium build and a dark complexion. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt and dark baseball cap.

Police are examining bank surveillance tape and working with the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force to try to identify the suspect, Nedder said.

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