FBI Boston
Kristen Setera
(857) 386-2905
February 1, 2017

FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force Seeks Location of the Interstate Bandit

Up to $5,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest of Chaka J. Meredith

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force, the Boston Police Department, the Lawrence Police Department, the Laconia, New Hampshire Police Department, the Pepperell Police Department, and the Plaistow, New Hampshire Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to locate Chaka J. Meredith who allegedly robbed six banks spanning from Jamaica Plain, MA up to Laconia, NH.

Mr. Meredith, 41, is a black male with brown eyes, and short, black hair. He stands approximately 5'8” in height. He weighs around 200 pounds; maintaining a stocky build. His last known address is 461 Elm Street, Laconia, NH.

The public is being asked to review the attached photos of Mr. Meredith, who is alleged to be responsible for the following bank robberies:

  • January 3, 2017 at approximately 8:54 a.m., East Boston Savings Bank, 515 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
  • January 11, 2017 at approximately 10:01 a.m., Meredith Village Savings Bank, 379 South Main Street, Laconia, New Hampshire
  • January 17, 2017 at approximately 12:51 p.m., Santander Bank, 555 Broadway, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • January 24, 2017 at approximately 5:44 p.m., TD Bank, 450 Essex Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • January 25, 2017 at approximately 11:15 a.m., Lowell Five, 65 Groton Street, Pepperell, Massachusetts
  • January 30, 2017 at approximately 12:12 p.m., Santander Bank, 58 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, New Hampshire

During the robbery at East Boston Savings Bank, Mr. Meredith threatened to use a weapon. It is believed he has access to firearms and is accompanied by his girlfriend.

“We’re asking the public for its assistance in helping us locate Mr. Meredith. While we are grateful that nobody has been injured in any of these robberies, we’d like to put an end to his alleged crime spree before someone does get hurt,” said Supervisory Special Agent Daniel R. Romanzo who supervises the Violent Crimes Task Force.

The FBI is offering a monetary reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the location, arrest, and prosecution of Mr. Meredith. Anyone with information regarding Meredith’s whereabouts should call the FBI Boston Division’s Bank Robbery Task Force at 1-857-386-2000. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.

Interstate Bandit, Chaka J. Meredith
Interstate Bandit, Chaka J. Meredith
Interstate Bandit, Chaka J. Meredith