FBI Denver
Public Affairs Specialist Vikki Migoya
October 1, 2020

Powder Puff Bandit Update

The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force and Denver metropolitan area police departments need your help in locating Paul Hernandez, who is 33 years old, and Mary Bannigan, who is 27 years old. Hernandez has been dubbed the “Powder Puff” Bandit as he wore thick makeup to cover his facial tattoos while robbing local area banks. Bank robberies committed by Hernandez and Bannigan include:

BBVA Compass Bank
4600 South Broadway
Englewood, Colorado
10/01/2020 at 2:59 p.m.

First Bank
3801 Federal Blvd.
Denver, Colorado
09/21/20 at 11:40 a.m.

7372 West Chatfield Ave.
Littleton, Colorado
09/15/2020 at 2:46 p.m.

TCF Bank
7203 West 55th Ave.
Arvada, Colorado
09/08/20 at 4:30 p.m.

TCF Bank
2090 South University Blvd.
Denver, Colorado
09/03/20 at 4:30 p.m.

TCF Bank
7206 Federal Blvd.
Westminster, Colorado
08/31/20, 4:30 p.m.

TCF Bank
2084 South Broadway
Denver, Colorado
08/25/20 at 3:00 p.m.

A Dye Pack was given in the 10/01/2020 robbery, which detonated. It is possible the cash taken is covered in red dye. In two of the above robberies, Hernandez displayed a handgun. He is a Hispanic male, 5’7” in height, with a thin build, shaved head, and facial tattoos. Bannigan is described as a Hispanic or white female, 5’2” in height, with a thin build. She wears glasses and has long, dark hair, which she sometimes colors blonde.

Please be on the lookout for anyone matching the suspects’ descriptions. Be aware of anyone similar who might have recently changed their spending habits or discussed coming into money suddenly.

Bank robbery is punishable up to a 20-year prison sentence for each offense and increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission of the crime.

The FBI continues to provide business institutions with the best practices for security to make them less vulnerable to robberies.

If anyone has any information on the bank robberies above, or if anyone has information on persons possessing or attempting to pass red dye-stained money, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at (303) 629-7171, or you can remain anonymous by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Metro Denver Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 on information leading to an arrest in this case. TCF Bank will pay an additional $8,000 on information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Paul Hernandez Photo 1
Paul Hernandez Photo 2
Paul Hernandez Photo 3
Mary Bannigan 1
Mary Bannigan 2
Mary Bannigan 3