Two women dead in Southern Illinois bank robbery

By WEEK Producer

May 16, 2014 Updated May 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM CDT

CAIRO, Ill. -- A second bank employee has died following an armed robbery in Cairo, Ill.

Illinois State Police say a man approached three female employees in the parking lot of the First National Bank Thursday evening armed with a handgun and a knife and forced them back inside the bank.

The three women were found by police a short time later. Two suffered fatal stab wounds, the third remains in critical condition.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested several hours later. He is only being identified at this time as a 29-year-old Cairo man.