(STMW) — Authorities are searching for a man who robbed a bank at gunpoint Tuesday evening in northwest Indiana.

The suspect entered through the back doors of the Fifth Third Bank branch at 6760 Broadway in Merrillville, Ind., about 5:30 p.m., according to a statement from the FBI.

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The man, armed with a black handgun, ordered bank employees to the floor and stole an undisclosed amount of money before running out, according to the statement.

He is described as a 6-foot, 170-pound black man with a clean-shaven face. He was wearing a black jacket with light gray shoulders and a hood; blue jeans and tan work/military style boots.

The FBI said the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a northwest Indiana bank at gunpoint on Tuesday. / photo from the FBI

Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a northwest Indiana bank at gunpoint on Tuesday. / photo from the FBI

Anyone with information should call the Merrillville office of the FBI at (219) 942-4900 or Merrillville police at (219) 769-3531, ext. 347.

The robbery is the first in the Chicago area since Jan. 24, according to the FBI. So far, there have been 19 bank robberies in 2015.

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