Police: Youngstown robber turns himself in after friend sees him on news

Frank Pierce is charged with the robbery of First National Bank in downtown Youngstown

Frank Pierce, Youngstown bank robbery suspect.
YOUNGSTOWN: Turned self in on Dec. 8 - Frank Pierce, 38, charged with robbery


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police say a Youngstown bank robber turned himself into the police department on Friday morning after seeing his photo on the news.

Frank Pierce, 38, is charged with the robbery of First National Bank in downtown Youngstown.

Investigators said Pierce walked into the bank just before 10 a.m. Thursday. He then handed a note to a teller, saying he had a gun and wanted cash, according to police.

Police said Pierce made off with a “minimal” amount of money.

After the robbery, police released photos from surveillance video at the bank. Police asked anyone with information on the robber to contact them.

When he turned himself in, Pierce said his friend told him that he saw his photo on the news, according to Youngstown Police Capt. Brad Blackburn. Investigators said he confessed to the robbery.

Police said they aren’t releasing his motivation for the robbery.

Youngstown police and U.S Marshals are looking for a bank robber who held up First National Bank.

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