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Robbers hit Lawrenceville credit union

LAWRENCEVILLE - An armed gunman and another accomplice on Monday robbed a credit union in Lawrenceville, running away with an undisclosed amount of money and prompting two public schools nearby to lock down temporarily.

The robbers, both of whom wore black bandannas over their faces, entered the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union at 875 Oak Road at 9:18 a.m., according to police. One of the men brandished a handgun while the other hopped over the counter.

The armed man stationed himself in the lobby area and forced one customer to get on the ground, said Special Agent Stephen Emmett, spokesman for the FBI in Atlanta.

"It's what we would call a dynamic takeover, where there is no subtlety involved at all," Emmett said.

No one was injured during the heist. The robbers fled in an unknown direction. Five Forks Middle School and Gwin Oaks Elementary School were locked down at the request of the Gwinnett County Police Department for about 45 minutes as a precaution, said Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Students were asked to remain in their classrooms and were not permitted to walk in hallways or between trailers and the main school building. An end-of-the-year celebration and awards ceremony was postponed due to the lockdown at Five Forks Middle School, Roach said. A letter was being sent home to parents of both schools to explain the incident.

Witnesses described one suspect as a black man in his mid-20s, 6 feet 3 inches to 6 feet 5 inches tall and 250 pounds wearing blue jeans, an untucked white button-down shirt and a camouflage hat.

The other robber was also a black man in his late teens or early 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall and 140 to 160 pounds. He was wearing all black clothing, Emmett said.