Downtown bank robbery suspect quickly arrested

LACONIA — Three-and-a-half hours after allegedly robbing the main office of the Bank of Bank of New Hampshire on Pleasant Street of an undisclosed amount of cash, Jonathan C. Ellinger, 43, was apprehended by police.

In what police described as "an armed robbery," Ellinger allegedly entered the bank shortly before 3:24 on Friday afternoon. He approached a teller and demanded money then fled on foot. A surveillance camera released to the media pictured him leaving through the doorway on Pleasant Street.

Police did not specify what kind of weapon he was carrying or claimed to be carrying.

Within less than a minute the robbery was reported to the Police Department. The bank was closed immediately after the incident as detectives and officers, with the assistance of Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin, mounted an investigation and search for the suspect. A notice on the locked doors of the bank directed customers seeking to transact business to nearby branch offices.

At 7 p.m., police announced a warrant had been issued for Ellinger's arrest and released his mug shot to the media. While seeking assistance from the public in determining Eliinger's whereabouts, police warned that he was considered "armed and dangerous and should not be approached." Moments later police reported that Ellinger had been arrested.