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FBI and Local Law Enforcement Seek Public’s Assistance to Identify the Beer Gut Bandit
Suspect Believed to be Responsible for Four Bank Robberies This Month

FBI San Diego July 23, 2013
  • Darrell Foxworth (858) 320-8302

The El Cajon Police Department, La Mesa Police Department, San Diego Police Department, and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance to identify an unknown male believed to be responsible for three bank robberies. The latest robbery in this series occurred on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

On Saturday, July 20, 2013, at approximately 11:57 a.m., the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1235 Avocado Avenue, El Cajon, California, was robbed by an unknown male now dubbed the “Beer Gut Bandit.” At the time of the robbery, the robber entered the bank and paused at an island counter in the bank lobby. The robber then approached the victim teller and presented a demand note for cash. The demand note threatened the robber was armed with a bomb and demanded specific denominations. After receiving a sum of money, the robber exited the bank. No injuries were reported.

The Beer Gut Bandit is believed to be responsible for the following bank robberies:

Date Day Time Bank
July 5, 2013 Friday 4:32 p.m. Wells Fargo Bank, 5610 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa, California
July 16, 2013 Tuesday 2:28 p.m. US Bank, 490 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, California
July 17, 2013 Wednesday 12:48 p.m. Bank of America, 5851 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California
July 20, 2013 Saturday 11:57 a.m. Wells Fargo Bank, 1235 Avocado Boulevard, El Cajon, California


Witnesses describe the Beer Gut Bandit as follows:

  • Sex: Male
  • Race: White
  • Height: Approximately 5’7” to 6’0” tall
  • Weight: Approximately 200 lbs.-230 lbs.
  • Hair: Gray and black hair, goatee beard with mustache
  • Build: Medium to heavy with a
  • Age: Mid-50s
  • Complexion: Ruddy complexion with acne scars
  • Clothing: Glasses with clear tinted lenses and beige T-shirt; and carries a blue or green recyclable tote bag

Bank surveillance photographs from the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 1235 Avocado Boulevard, San Diego, California, on Saturday, July 20, 2013:

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Bank surveillance photographs from the Bank of America, located at 5851 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013:

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Bank surveillance photographs from the U.S. Bank, located at 490 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, California, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013:

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Bank surveillance photographs from the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 5610 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa, California, on Friday, July 5, 2013:

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Anyone with information concerning these robberies is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 540-8477.