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UPDATE: Armed robbery suspect left behind trail of clothing

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Wausau police tracked down the man they say robbed a credit union. Now the search is on for what authorities said may have been the man's getaway car. 

Police arrested 52-year-old David Samuelson. Authorities said he robbed the Tower Credit Union on Bridge Street while he had a handgun and a scarf to hide his face.

Police came to the credit union around 1:40PM on Tuesday afternoon after an alleged armed robbery. That building is just north of downtown Wausau. Authorities said Samuelson showed workers he had a handgun and demanded money from the tellers. Then, he took off. They said he headed north toward a parked car with its back door open near First Avenue.

"He did run towards a vehicle that we believe is a getaway vehicle that was described as a smaller black vehicle, possibly a Mazda," said Wausau Police Department Lt. Bill Kolb.

Police said as Samuelson came toward the car, he started yelling at who ever was inside. Then the car sped off, leaving Samuelson behind. Officers said Samuelson stayed on the move, heading north along the railroad tracks and taking off pieces of clothing as he went.

"There were some clothing items that the suspect had shed as he was trying to avoid capture," said Lt. Kolb. "Some of these items, we have located."

Police said they found a trail of clothing -- a black jacket, a black vest, a dark glove and a gray T-shirt.

"As often is the case, the purpose of taking a jacket off is to change your appearance so it's not as obvious," said Lt. Kolb. "Because certainly we had a description from bank employees of what the suspect looked like."

Authorities said they set up a perimeter, eventually finding Samuelson hiding along the river bank just north of Wausau Avenue.

"Time is crucial," said Lt. Kolb. "The sooner the better that we can find things. Certainly the witness information and the quicker we get that information, the better job we can do."

Authorities are still looking for more details about this case. Anyone with additional information can call the Wausau Police Department at (715)261-7800.

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