What followed was even more bizarre.
The suspect, 39-year-old Ancely Faye Green of Dallas, reportedly engaged police in a high-speed chase and wrecked her vehicle on Interstate 75, leading police to shut down the interstate highway for about two hours while a bomb squad searched the wrecked car for explosives. None were found.
The bank sits in an upscale west Cobb neighborhood on Mars Hill Road near the entrance to Brookstone Country Club, about six miles south of Acworth.
“I’m so surprised, and the bigger surprise is how they got down to Interstate 75 because there is so much traffic and so many lights,” said Kenneth Fosuhene. “I’ve never had any potential problems in this area.”
Fosuhene learned about the robbery and wreck while attempting to make a bank deposit Monday afternoon. He wasn’t allowed inside the bank because it closed its doors after the robbery occurred.
Just before 11 a.m. Monday, Green went inside the SunTrust bank at the corner of Stilesboro and Mars Hill roads and passed a note to a bank teller demanding money and indicating that she had some sort of explosive device.
Officer Mike Bowman with Cobb Police said she took an unknown amount of cash and fled.
“A lookout was given when she left and an officer just happened to be in the area and behind the suspect,” he said. “When the driver ran a stop sign … he initiated a felony traffic stop, then she didn’t stop and fled from cops.”
A 23-mile chase, reaching speeds up to 120 mph, began and Green drove her black SUV through several major intersections in Cobb County, including Mars Hill Road at Dallas Highway, Macland Road at Powder Springs Road and Windy Hill Road at Cobb Parkway.
Marietta and Smyrna police assisted in blocking many of the intersections and no injuries or wrecks were reported.
Green eventually hopped onto I-75 at the Windy Hill Road exit and that’s when Georgia State Patrol officers took over the chase, Bowman said.
“As (Green) approached the Mount Paran Road exit in Atlanta, she lost control of her vehicle, struck the inside median wall and flipped the vehicle, landing on its roof,” Bowman said.
No other cars were involved in the crash and no one was injured, including Green, who was charged with armed robbery and booked into the Cobb County jail.
Bowman said she was taken into custody without incident and a search of the car for the suspected bomb began immediately.
“Because of that threat (at the bank), we brought our canine and the Cobb County and Atlanta bomb squads in for the safety of our officers and the general public,” Bowman said. “No device was located.”
The north and southbound lanes of I-75, including some roads around the perimeter, were closed while the bomb search was conducted and roads were opened back up just after 1:30 p.m.
An officer with the Cobb County Bomb Squad was also sent to the SunTrust bank location but nothing was found there, either.
Brandon Miles, an employee at the Publix grocery store just behind the bank, said he saw quite a bit of action at the scene within 20 minutes of the report coming into police.
“I took a customer out around 11:20 and I saw there was a cop running around, so I thought there was something happening at the bank but didn’t think anything of it because this is such a nice area,” he said.
Shortly thereafter, he went back outside and that’s when he realized it was more than just a small incident.
“When I came back later and heard that it was a bomb threat and then that it was a lady, I wondered if she shops at our Publix because I know pretty much all the customers around here,” he said.
Miles, 19, said he remembered seeing upwards of 12 cop cars surrounding the side and back of the bank while bank employees scattered to the Publix parking lot.
“It was crazy!” he said. “(Tellers) were saying what happened, some were crying and screaming, ‘I can’t believe this, she didn’t come to my (window), but she came to hers and hers.’ It’s just all so crazy for this area. You don’t expect it.”
Mike McCoy, a spokesman with Sun Trust Bank, said there were no injuries reported at the Acworth SunTrust, but he declined to give any additional information.