The man who robbed the North Bend Chase Bank on July 6th, 2012 has now been officially linked to two other robberies on the West Coast by the FBI, who is asking for help in identifying the armed robber. The FBI released the above video and is also offering up to a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the robber who is called the “AK-47 Bandit.”
Officials say the man robs banks armed with an AK-47 assault rifle with a drum magazine. His first robbery happened in February in Chino, CA, where they say he shot and seriously wounded a police officer. He’s also suspected in a robbery in Vacaville, CA on March 12, 2012.
During the North Bend July 6th Chase Bank take-over style robbery agents say the suspect, armed with a AK-47 style rifle, had a loud, deep voice with no obvious accent, and threatened to shoot the tellers if they did not hurry.
Agents say the robber hand-carried the cash away and left in a dirty, reddish-orange Jeep Patriot or Liberty parked in front of the Chase branch. The suspect’s car may have out-of-state license plates with a prominent blue stripe across the top.
Anyone with information about the identity or location of the suspect should call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).