Police, FBI investigating bank robbery in Northwest D.C.

Police and FBI photograph evidence of an exploded dye pack near a bank robbery in Northwest D.C. Thursday. (Photo: Sam Ford/WJLA)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The FBI says these three suspects walked into the Colombo Bank at 9th and N Street in Northwest before robbing the place with a note.

According to witnesses, the trio parked at a gas station pump as if to gas up, then walked next door and robbed the bank. Then they rushed back to the car to make their getaway.

The gas station manager called 911 – because things didn’t go exactly as planned. When the thieves reached the car, a red dye pack exploded on them, which the terrified station manager thought was fire.

"I'm yelling and I was watching and I thought maybe there was a fire over there," said Mahmood Haider.

The suspects managed to get away, but the local ANC Commissioner, whose office is above the bank, said bank employees told him the same three men were there on Monday to case the place – and were caught on tape.

"Today when the staff saw them coming in, they knew something was up...They do have them on tape from Monday," confirmed Alexander Padro.

Police and agents spent much of the day talking to witnesses and collecting evidence. A man who says he opened a business here six months ago says this is the second robbery he has seen.

D.C. police have issued an alert to be on the lookout for a black male with a dark complexion, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants, around 5-feet tall, and approximately 16 to 18 years of age.