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article image$100,000 reward offered for arrest, conviction of AK-47 Bandit

By Greta McClain     Oct 1, 2014 in Crime
Los Angeles - The FBI is asking the public for help in solving a string of bank robberies by the "AK-47 Bandit," offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the serial robber.
The suspect, armed with what appears to be an AK-47 assault rifle, wearing a black ski mask, gloves, as well as occasionally wearing a ballistic vest with the word "Sheriff" on the back, is alleged to be responsible for at least six different bank robberies dating back to 2012.
The first robbery occurred on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Chino, California. During that robbery, the suspect entered the California Bank & Trust armed with an AK-47 style assault rifle with a drum magazine. After robbing the bank and fleeing the area, the suspect opened fire on a police officer, seriously wounded him.
According to a press release issued by the FBI on Tuesday, authorities have linked the masked
Map of bank robberies tied to the AK-47 Bandit
Map of bank robberies tied to the AK-47 Bandit
gunman to five other robberies, including the Sacramento, California Tri Counties Bank robbery on March 9, 2012, as well as the robbery of a Vacaville, California Bank of the West branch three days later. The suspect is also believed to be responsible for the robbery of a North Bend, Washington Chase Bank robbery on July 6, 2012, and has been tied to a November 2012 robbery of the Rexburg, Idaho at the East Idaho Credit Union.
Authorities also believe that the suspect, whom they are calling the "AK-47 Bandit," is responsible for the robbery of the First Nebraska Bank in Nebraska City, Nebraska on August 22nd of this year.
During a news conference, FBI Special Agent Kevin Boles told reporters:
“He has shown he is not afraid to shoot someone, and experience tells us he is not going to stop robbing banks until we catch him. We feel like we are racing the clock on this guy. If we don’t get him soon, things could end badly and someone else might get hurt.”
FBI Wanted Poster for the AK-47 Bandit
FBI Wanted Poster for the AK-47 Bandit
The suspect is a white male, believed to be between 25-40-years-old, weighs between 180 to 230 pounds and appears to be between 5'9"-6'0" feet tall. He has been seen in a a dark gray Nissan Maxima and reddish-orange Jeep Liberty or Patriot sport-utility-vehicle according to a Reuters report.
A reward of $100,00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the AK-47 Bandit. The public is asked to consider the following information with regards to the identity of the suspect:
- Do you know someone with access to an AK-47 with a drum magazine?
- Do you know someone with a vehicle that meets the descriptions on the wanted flyer?
- Do you know of anyone who has access to body armor that has “Sheriff” written on the back, or who takes an interest in law enforcement gear?
- Do you know of anyone who has traveled extensively between February and November of 2012, especially in areas like California, Washington and Idaho? Or more recently, in Nebraska?
- Do you know someone who may have ties to one or more of these areas?
Anyone with information is urged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or contact your local law enforcement agency immediately if you come in contact with the suspect.
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