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AK-47 Bandit Linked to Recent Bank Robbery Near Seattle

FBI Seattle July 18, 2012
  • Public Affairs Specialist Ayn Dietrich-Williams (206) 622-0460

The FBI and law enforcement officials spanning three separate regions in the western United States continue to seek public assistance relative to an unidentified armed bank robber now linked to three bank robberies, the most recent of which occurred in the Seattle area on July 6, 2012.

Following the initial robbery that occurred in Chino, California on February 29, 2012, the suspect shot a police officer with the Chino Police Department, seriously wounding him. In each robbery, the suspect brandishes an AK-47–style assault rifle with a drum magazine. The suspect is seen in bank surveillance video and photographs dressed in tactical gear over a dark-colored, short-sleeve collared shirt and blue pants. He also wears a black full-face ski mask, a blue ballistic vest and/or a green mesh vest marked “Sheriff.”

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The suspect is known to law enforcement as the AK-47 Bandit. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect known as the AK-47 Bandit. Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the AK-47 Bandit should refrain from approaching the suspect and is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive an additional cash reward of $1000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved. (To be eligible for the Crime Stoppers reward, a person must provide the information through Crime Stoppers.)

Photos and a description are available at the following link: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/unknown/unknown-suspect-17/view

A Wanted by the FBI podcast about the robber is available at: http://www.fbi.gov/news/podcasts/wanted/ak-47-bandit-strikes-again/view

In addition, a video of the latest robbery in Washington State (7/6/12) has been posted at the following link by the King County Sheriff’s Office: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=ULxsD5dfozWsM&v=xsD5dfozWsM

For more information about the most recent robbery, please contact the King County Sheriff’s Office PIO, Sergeant Cindi West, at 206-255-0778.