Mother chases Washington Co. bank robbers, gets plate number

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FINLEYVILLE, Pa. —

If police ever catch the two Union Township bank robbers, they'll likely have a vigilant mother to thank.

Officials said Wednesday that a woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, was walking into the Huntingdon National branch on Sheriden Avenue Tuesday when she saw the robbers enter.

“I happened to look inside and I saw that two guys had walked in. One jumped on the counter and put the gun right to the teller’s head,” the witness said.

Fearing for her safety and that of her 12-year-old son, she ran to her car and drove away -- but then had a change of heart and returned to try to get the robbers' license-plate number.

“I said to my son, ‘We have to get the license plate off this car,’” the woman said.

She chased the robbers' SUV and called the plate number in to 911.

"I can't stand a thief. I'm not about to let you steal money. I work every day for my three kids,” the woman said. “I was mad that they wanted to steal other people’s money. I understand times are hard for people, but there are better ways of going and making money than robbing a bank.”

They got away, but police have found the vehicle.

The woman told Channel 11’s Brittny McGraw that she doesn’t feel like a hero, just someone who was looking out for her neighbors.