Bank Robber Dresses As Terrorist

A man dressed as a terrorist is wanted for five actual robberies and one attempted robbery in four states between February of 2012 and this past August. The man’s nickname is “The AK-47 Bandit.”

Police believe the variety of surveillance video from the robberies—and a voice recording—may help the public identify this criminal. “We truly believe that someone knows this suspect, whether they are familiar with his physique, his voice, his vehicle, or even some of the apparel he’s wearing during the robberies,” said Bill Lewis, assistant director in charge of our Los Angeles Field Office during a 2013 press conference announcing the reward offer.

The AK-47 Bandit is believed to have called in a false bomb threat before his February 29, 2012 bank robbery in Chino, California.

Anyone with information about the AK-47 Bandit’s identity or whereabouts is urged to contact investigators at the toll-free number 1-800-CALL-FBI or send an e-mail to Information can be provided confidentially.

Bank surveillance photographs of the vehicle and the suspect can be found at the Chino Police Department’s website: Additional bank surveillance photos and videos can be found on the FBI’s wanted poster.


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